Woodstock goes green with solar lights

The town of Woodstock recently installed solar-powered lights on Motel Drive. Rich Cooley/Daily

Woodstock went eco-friendly as the town’s first solar-powered street lights were installed on Motel Drive.

Town Manager Angela Clem said the two lights were assembled at the Public Works facility by a construction trades specialist and other Public Works team members. A structural engineer evaluated the footer needs and specified the depth of reinforcement. Concrete was poured and cured, and the lights were erected on Tuesday by the Public Works crew. They have also checked the lights after sundown to ensure that they are working properly and providing the necessary illumination.

“Solar lights were chosen because one, in this case, the proposal for installing conventional street lights was cost prohibitive,” Clem said. “Two, we have the ability to pilot these in an area that is not high-risk to see how they perform. Three, a successful pilot project will advance our dedication to green initiatives, and, four, other than battery replacement, there is no additional operational expense.”

She added that the project was planned and budgeted for capital expense for approximately $15,000.

“Please note, the cost to trench electrical conduit and the labor involved to install conventional street lighting was much more in this location,” she said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com.