Our team on the Cranbourne Line Upgrade has rolled out solar-powered light stands across the site. The technology will replace noisy diesel-powered light towers with a model that is not only better for the environment and surrounding communities, but more cost-effective and transportable. Due to a powerful battery within each light tower, they can generate light for up to 15 hours after the sun goes down, making them suited to low light periods and even night works over the winter.
Over a year, the team expects to save 15,000 litres of diesel fuel, and about $20,000 in diesel and refueling costs per year this is more than 40,000 kgs of carbon dioxide, equivalent to taking nine cars off the road.
The team worked together with Generators Australia to come up with a design able to match a range of construction-focused specs, including the need to maintain an overall 40-50 Lux lighting level even through our longest winter nights.