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Solar power brings lighting to Greek island

A solar street light beside a Greek church
The units also feature built-in passive infrared motion sensor enhances safety by increasing the light level automatically when people or cars are approaching.

A TOTAL of 28 autonomous solar luminaires have been installed in different communities on a Greek island which lacks full electricity coverage.

The units also feature built-in passive infrared motion sensor enhances safety by increasing the light level automatically when people or cars are approaching. 

When no motion is detected the light level decreases to 30 per cent, reducing energy consumption and increasing battery backup.

Additionally, the remote Leipsoi Island’s playground has been equipped with solar lighting to ensure children can play safely. 

The units are Philips SunStay luminaires which combine the solar panel, luminaire, charge controller and battery in one housing. 

‘As we have many hours of sunshine throughout the year this is a very effective and functional solution for those areas on our island that are not connected to the power grid,’ said Mayor Fotis Mangos. 

‘Additionally, the lights have such an aesthetic design that they seamlessly blend in with our island’s natural landscape.’ 

‘Solar lighting is a key part of our commitment to sustainability and to climate action, as we aim to help people move to cleaner technologies,’ said Polydefkis Loukopoulos, country leader Signify Greece and Israel. 

‘The expansion of solar lighting in new areas of Greece, strengthens our vision to provide local communities with the security that results from high-quality solar lighting.’

On top of the installation on Leipsoi Island, Signify is planning some additional activities in Greece, donating lighting fixtures and lamps to educational institutions in the Dodecanese, the group of islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea. 

This is done through Signify Corporate Social Responsibility, which is committed to light up 10 million lives worldwide, by 2025.