Solar Outdoor Lighting: Shelters After a Natural Disaster

As an American, you’re probably accustomed to major storms. After a storm, a city will begin to count the losses: the eaves blown by the wind, the fallen street lights, a mess on the road, and so on. It is not the mess that is the most terrible thing brought by the storm. Actually, people’s safety is significantly at risk while walking by a fallen electric lighting system.

In recent years, with the increase of natural disasters such as storms, floods, and blizzards, solar powered security lights can really improve the security of an area as well as citizens’ safety.

The biggest advantage of solar outdoor lighting is that they do not rely on the utility grid for operation. Not only does the installation of solar lighting save time and money but it also enables the lights to survive the disaster. Greenshine’s solar outdoor lighting is designed to withstand local AASHTO wind load requirements to ensure that the lights will remain standing even after a high wind event. We regularly receive feedback from our customers in Florida and other high-wind areas that our solar lighting is able to withstand 145+ MPH winds.

Besides the fact that solar street lights can withstand violent storms and hurricanes, it also makes excellent post-disaster reconstruction illumination. It is well known that, when a natural disaster occurs, the utility grid can easily be compromised and fail. In the face of severe disasters, the maintenance and repair of grid streetlights require a lot of resources. At the same time, there is an urgent demand for electricity. Luckily, solar outdoor lighting can be installed within an hour as a solution after a disaster to generate light for impacted areas and provide “shelters” for the city during electric downtimes. Using a portable lighting system like the Porta, a city can provide illumination for temporary shelter sites or reconstruction areas.

The second advantage is that solar powered lights can be used in extreme conditions. Solar power is readily available to generate electricity. Greenshine’s solar led lights have multiple rechargeable batteries. Once charged, they can least 5 days without the sunshine. Solar panels are active in most kinds of weather, including in winter. They will continue to produce energy if the sun is out even if there are 6 inches of snow on the ground. Here’s a great example of how outdoor solar street lights can continuously provide optimal lighting for Mammoth College in cold and snowy weather in Mammoth Lakes.

If you are considering using solar lights for your city, it is important to take into consideration both the location and application for your city’s particular lighting needs. You can leave more information with us or get a free lighting simulation for your project here. Our engineers and lighting experts are available to help you with your specific case.

By Julissa Zhang

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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