SEPCO recently completed a project in Parkland FL for a newly constructed Wawa gas station to provide solar landscape lighting for the perimeter of the property. The systems feature multiple single 275 Watt solar power assemblies powering three or five ARF flood fixtures per system to operate all night, dusk to dawn.
Parkland FL has included in their municipal code that solar lighting would need to be implemented into new construction sites on commercially zoned property. Wawa wanted landscape up lights along the boundaries for the new trees and found our solar landscape lighting solution to provide exactly what they needed to follow the new code.
Parkland FL Sec. 91-60. - Luminaire requirements states “All outdoor pole lighting installed on commercially zoned property, pursuant to a building permit issued subsequent to January 1, 2009, except for pole lighting in a development constructed pursuant to a site plan or master plan approved and active as of July 2, 2008, shall be one hundred (100) percent solar powered lighting. In all cases where light fixtures on commercially zoned property are replaced subsequent to January 1, 2009, the replacement lighting shall be one hundred (100) percent solar powered lighting. In all cases where the design of pole lighting fixtures in a commercial zoning district is altered, or where a pole light fixture is replaced subsequent to January 1, 2009, said lighting fixtures shall be subject to community appearance approval in accordance with and said lighting shall be required to comply with this section and shall be one hundred (100) percent solar powered. All pole lighting on commercially zoned property shall be required to be one hundred (100) percent solar powered by June 18, 2018. Where, because of restrictions set forth in the Florida Building Code, or other provisions of the City of Parkland Land Development Regulations, or other circumstances beyond the owners control, it would be an undue hardship to install one hundred (100) percent solar powered lighting the city commission may waive the requirement of this section in whole or in part upon application to the community development department, and after a review and recommendation by the planning and zoning board.”
This project was originally for site lighting, walkway lighting and tree lighting. During the quoting stage the budget was changed and they decided to just continue with the tree lighting, deleting the walkway and using grid power for the site lighting. The systems were purchased and installed by the general contractor on the project. The complete systems were powder coated to blend into the surrounding area and the fixtures were ground mounted to shine up at the new palm trees.