On Tuesday, April 30th, several Commissioners of the PSC met with representatives of Colite Technologies to learn about the cutting-edge renewable energy technology the company provides. Chairman Randy Randall, Vice Chairman Justin Williams, and Commissioners Florence P. Belser and Swain Whitfield were in attendance, along with Commission staff, and Colite CEOs Kevin O’Hara and Marty Brown ran the group through the basics of Colite’s operation and the possibilities afforded by the company’s technology.
Among the topics discussed was Colite’s off-grid renewable lighting technology, a self-contained unit equipped with LEDs that generates power from solar or wind power—or a hybrid of both. These units are fully customizable; Colite is able to install different banners and ornamentation, adjust height, and provide power to LED lights through a 280, 320, or 400-Watt solar panel. Because these units are entirely off-grid, no infrastructure is necessary to support them—no trenching or installation of overhead lines is required. Units can also be equipped with “smart pole” technology, including cameras, Wi-Fi boosting capabilities, and phone charging stations. Per Colite, taking one 400-Watt street light off the grid removes, over twenty-five years, 28.5 tons of carbon dioxide from the air—the equivalent of burning 2,904 gallons of gas. O’Hara noted that, with 300 million street lights in the United States, this represents a significant amount of conservation achieved through simple utility upgrades at the consumer level.
The Commissioners also toured Colite’s manufacturing facility and were given insights into the logistics and manufacturing that goes into Colite’s products.
A complete transcript of the proceedings will be made available on the Docket Management System page for ND-2019-2-A. For more information, please contact the Commission at 803.896.5100.