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Stony Brook Installs Solar Powered Lighting at SAC Bus Shelter

In keeping with Stony Brook’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the first solar-powered bus shelter, located on the bus loop in front of the SAC, is now lighting up from dusk to dawn.

Solar energy makes it possible to install lighting for bus stop shelters without the cost and service disruption of connecting the unit to the campus electric grid. Instead of requiring an electric service, this bus shelter is energy independent and virtually maintenance free. The solar panels, which face south, are mounted on the shelter’s roof.

The system harnesses the sun’s energy throughout daylight hours and stores it for use during the nighttime. The sun does not need to shine everyday for the panels to work and enough energy is stored in rechargeable batteries to operate for five days. At dusk, the stored energy is used to power LED lamps located in the hi-hat openings in the ceiling providing illumination until dawn.

The system is manufactured by SOL Inc. who designed this system specifically for our needs. The technology contains no moving parts and releases no emissions. The LEDs are highly efficient and have an expected lifetime of 100,000 hours. If the system were grid connected and used incandescent lamps, similar light levels would require the use of approximately 1,700 kWh; which could contribute up to a ton of CO2 into the environment.

Shelter with solar panels installed

Shelter with solar panels installed

LED fixtures

LED fixtures

High Hat recesses

"High Hat" recesses




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Date Title
04/20/10 Environmental Stewardship and Climate Action Plan Update Presentation (in Adobe PDF format)
02/01/10 University GreenBill Program
07/03/09 Campus Construction Update
10/06/08 Campus Dining Services Goes Green
10/03/08 Farmer's Market
08/18/08 Stony Brook University is Recycling Used Ceiling Tiles!
05/19/08 Earthstock 2008
09/14/07 Stony Brook President Shirley Strum Kenny Signs Climate Commitment
06/18/07 Water Conservation Pilot Program Implemented
04/27/07 Environmental Stewardship Helps Celebrate Earthstock
02/21/07 Stony Brook Installs Solar Powered Lighting at SAC Bus Shelter
12/04/06 SB Takes Measures to Become an Energy Efficient Campus
11/01/06 Energy Conservation Measures at the Administration Garage
08/15/06 SB Called Upon To Participate In Statewide Electric Emergency Plan

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Energy Management @ Stony Brook University