Solar Sign Light Illuminating West Virginia Coal Mine’s Entrance
When you think of coal mining, you don’t exactly think ‘green’. But that’s exactly what Consol West Virginia thought when they had a problem getting power to an entrance sign at a remote part of their mine.
They enlisted the help of Kenny Sleeth and Solar Sphere to help construct and light the sign. Kenny and Solar Sphere’s Kriss Bergethon engineered a simple, affordable solar panel and LED light combination that got the job done quickly and easily. Two 130 Watt solar panels and two 110 amp-hour batteries power the system. Then 80W worth of LED lights light the sign. The system was easy to install for Sleeth, who had no prior experience with solar.
Now the sign is lit all night, even during darker winter months. And the system was installed at a savings of over 80% compared to the expense of digging and installing a power line. Plus there will be virtually no ongoing expenses to light the sign. That’s a win-win for everyone, and a great way for a coal company to gain some green credibility.
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