Sleep peacefully in your homes for the Indian Army is guarding the frontiers. These are the
words painted onto a signboard on the roads in the border region in Kashmir. Whether we are
mindful about the army’s sacrifices for the nation or not, they do go through severe conditions
at the Line of Control straddling the border with Pakistan. Have you ever given thought about
the intricacies faced by our brave army men on the frontier?
Troubles at the Border
Their primary concern along the border being security, the armed forces suffer bad weather,
inedible food, connectivity issues, power cuts, unsafe living conditions and many more. More
specifically, the army and the national boundaries are vulnerable to intruders and terrorist
activities. Having outdoor lights that stay lit throughout the night is of paramount importance.
A single power cut could make them turn into sitting ducks for the enemy to attack. Hence their
security is compromised when power cut prevails at night.
There are many burdens of using the conventional lead acid battery based outdoor lighting
solutions. It requires high maintenance and lengthy cabling along with being connected to the
grid which extremely difficult in remote outposts. The traditional lights also have to be regular
cleaned and mounted back on the poles which takes an immense amount of effort from the
troops. Maintaining a single outdoor light can already seem like an inconvenience; imagine
having to regularly clean and maintain hundreds of lights for too many kilometres along the
border. These are the reasons why traditional lights are rendered an additional burden for
Light up the Border with Zonstreet
Intelizon’s channel partner in Jammu & Kashmir sketched a plan and decided to take positive
action in helping out our national protectors. He contacted the authorities and introduced them
to the reliable outdoor lighting solution, the Zonstreet. It is the perfect off-grid solution that is
resistant to extreme weather as well as immune to short circuits, power cuts and unexpected
grid failures. The system requires low maintenance and zero cabling. It has the power to
efficiently use solar energy and run indefinitely by automatically turning on and off during dawn
and dusk respectively. It is the perfect outdoor lighting solution for the army.
Here’s What the Jawans Have to Say
The jawans were might impressed by the lithium ion technology that can survive the harsh
border conditions with minimal maintenance. The system is tough; really tough. The jawans
were amazed by its performance rarely needing any sort of maintenance. One of the
commanders commented to our channel partner, “Zonstreet is perfect yaar! We don’t need to
waste our time with maintaining bad lights anymore. Now even we feel protected as the lights
never fail to turn on even when there are any power cuts. It is completely independent and
helps us continue doing our job safely.” What was extremely useful for the border force was
the automatic On/Off feature which controls the lighting system automatically at the correct
time every day. The self autonomy feature also helps the light run for longer hours with enough
battery backup at all times. The Northern regions face a lot of cloud and foggy conditions due
to the mountains but the Zonstreet runs perfectly well even on partial charging.
A New Friend – A New Protector
The initial order for the solar lights was for 20 units. As the jawans got used to the lights, they
became a part of their everyday life and they were ever grateful for having technology that so
helpful to them in the conflict zones. The next orders increased in volumes and the Zonstreet
was installed at many more boundary walls, children’s parks, cantonment gates and premises. It
is a matter of pride for Intelizon Energy to have the privilege of serving the protectors of the
nation in their times of need.
Join the growing list of Zonstreet customers whose simple feedback is –
‘It keeps working!’
The ‘Light Up a Village Initiative’ was a huge success in West Africa. It was powered by Intelizon’s partner in the region, Comafrique. Intelizon’s flagship product in West Africa at the time, the Zonbulb, became a highly desired commodity for rural homes in Gambia and other countries in the region. Intelizon became a household name. Homes stayed lit at night increasing their productivity and giving kids more time to study. Overall, it affected the people’s lives in a big way and showed them the road to a better future. While the homes were well-lit, the street lights on the other hand were still prone to a multitude of issues. This meant that the streetlights routinely stopped serving their purpose.
Another Problem to Solve for Intelizon
Almost all streetlights in West Africa were based on heavy lead acid batteries and were connected to the grid. This was problematic because lead acid batteries can be bulky and are always externally connected. This makes them vulnerable to theft, rusting and other flooding issues. Being connected to the grid was also unfortunate as they were constantly affected by power cuts, load shedding, grid failures etc. The streetlights were just not doing their job. People could not go out after a certain time every night and they could not carry out regular chores. They would have to wait until every the morning. This ideally should be a non-issue for anyone living in the 21st century.
Let There be Light
This time, Intelizon presented the perfect solution for the people of the region. Introducing the Zonstreet by Intelizon Energy. The Lithium Ion based battery pack was built into the lighting system eliminating the problem of theft completely. It is completely independent of the grid and immune to power cuts or grid failures of any sort. It is now possible to install the outdoor street lighting where they were previously not due to non-availability of the grid. The lighting solution stayed lit for about 10 to 12 hours every night and the run-time stayed relatively unaffected even during the wet season with extended periods of cloud cover. The revolutionary battery technology and efficient electronics in the system ensured that the power is highly optimized and the light never has to go off unceremoniously. Additionally, the Zonstreet requires minimal installation charges and almost no maintenance costs at all. It does not require the regular water topping and performs optimally even in high temperatures unlike the traditional lead acid based street lights.
Intelizon created the perfect technology to address all these issues faced by African communities in one product. Harnessing the unlimited source of solar energy to light up their streets at night was a revolution in the lives of the rural folk. They can now continue doing regular things even at night under the safety of the Zonstreet. Outdoor solar in lighting in Africa was largely unheard of when Intelizon entered the market and aided many communities and countless families.
Making it Happen on Ground
Mr. Ram Mohan, MD of Comafrique, took the onus of installing Zonstreet lights in Africa. “In the villages, the residents found the lights so good that, they were fighting over them and that they be installed near their homes”, he said. This is when he realized that the “Zonstreet works”. Apart from villages, another 10 lights were installed in the car parking area of Managament Development Institute in Gambia. Soon, Zonstreet became a an ideal option for other establishments and purposes such as warehouse lighting, work station lighting, private lighting etc. where working at night is routine and power-cuts were frequent.
Zonstreet is now being traded to other countries of Africa from Gambia setting the tone for Intelizon to establish itself as a well-known brand in Africa. read more →
Much of rural India is still victimized by the effects of very frequent power cuts and power shortages across the nation. The urban population is still quite unaware of the struggles that small villages and towns have to go through. On the one hand, light is just a flick of a switch away for urban India. On the contrary, villages across the country are devoid of reliable electrical grid connectivity. The conventional lead-acid based street lights that are meant to solve these issues in these areas are vulnerable to frequent thefts.
Enter the Zonstreet Solar Powered Unwired Outdoor Lighting Solution
When Intelizon channel partner Atul Gondkar came to know about the intricacies faced by villages in Maharashtra, he contacted the Gram Panchayat who are a group of elders who head these villages. He explained to them that solar energy would be an excellent source of power and an absolute alternative to the grid based lighting. The design and technology that the Zonstreet entails are perfect for villages as the installation costs are low and maintenance costs are practically nil. It is a reliable source of clean energy and affordable energy for the village folk. The idea was perfectly in line with Intelizon’s mission of providing clean and affordable energy to communities who really need it. This simple idea along with the efficient electronics and pioneering technology of the Zon has the power to transform lives.
Why did the gram panchayats choose Zonstreet?
Our channel partner visited the Gram Panchayat with the Zon products to demonstrate just how they can help the community. He presented to them the luminaire with the in-built lithium ion battery and how the system is completely theft proof, unlike the lead acid battery based systems. The only operations the lighting needed was the on and off switch that anyone can do. All they needed to do was invest in the purchase of the lamps and practically nothing else. The luminaire powered by the highly optimized solar panel efficiently runs itself.
The Gram Panchayat was impressed by the first look of the products; so impressed, in fact, an initial order of 120 lamps made immediately. By the end of the year, Mr. Atul Gondkar was able to install up to 1500 lamps in villages across the state. So far, complaints related to the products or their maintenance has been extremely rare.
It Keeps Working
The communities have been satisfied with the on-field performance of Intelizon’s products. The Gram Panchayats have testified Zonstreet’s 5-year on-field operation with an official certificate. It is delightfully overwhelming for Intelizon to be awarded such an honor and an invaluable certification. Since the installation of the first solar lamp in 2011, the Sarpanchs are still in touch with Mr. Atul Gondkar and for their further demand of more lights every year. Even though Intelizon promised the communities minimum interaction for maintenance or any other issues, it wasn’t just a one-time transaction.
Every time they come back for more, the heads answer only three words on enquiring about the Zon’s performance. It keeps working!
If you would be interested in Intelizon’s solar outdoor lighting solutions, please contact our channel partner in Maharashtra, Mr. Atul Gondkar.
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Mr. Atul Gondkar
Phone number: 9881757800
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Phone number: 040 – 65894659 / 040-65144382
As demonstrated by the silk road of the ancient world, ideas have the power to travel across continents and change people’s lives. Here’s the story of the Zonbulb by Intelizon Energy and its journey from India to the villages of West Africa. The profound effect the product has had on people in the region and their progress is uplifting. All this was initiated by one man, Mr. Ram Mohan, the Consular General of India in Gambia at the time. He saw the potential impact the product could have on many village folks in Africa. The journey of the solar light almost didn’t take off. Here’s more.
The Consular General’s to India Visit
Mr. Ram Mohan, consular general of India for Gambia visited India in 2008 for an Indo-African summit at NRDC, New Delhi. A technology and research oriented company Intelizon Energy was also a part of the summit. At the end of the day summit, NRDC presented a souvenir to Mr. Ram Mohan while he was leaving. The souvenir was a Zontorch, a product of Intelizon Energy private limited. This marked a starting point for Intelizon’s safari to Africa.
The Power Cut That Initiated the ‘Light Up a Village’ Initiative
For about six months, Mr. Ram Mohan didn’t think of using the gift that he got in India. A long power cut compelled him to switch on the Zontorch. Gasp! He was amazed to see the torch to get switched on and work decently even after months of non-utilization.
Then he thought why not light up the villages of Gambia with Zonbulb, in a place where people spend each day 25 cents for a candle. 25 cents amount to 7.5$ a month and about 90$ a year, which is much higher than a Zonbulb which is 75$ and lasts about 5 to 6 years or more. So, he started a noble mission called “Light Up a Village Initiative”. He gathered sponsors and set up a village lighting committee for each village. Under this initiative, 3500 dollars were collected for each village from sponsors and lights worth it were distributed in each village of about 70 to 80 houses. The village lighting committee collected 5 cents each day or 1.5$ each month, which is then used for the maintenance of the lights. The amount which was collected from the villagers was apparently far less than what they usually spent on candles per year.
“Look at the happy faces! It is a bliss to watch them celebrate,” said Mr. Ram Mohan when he shared the pictures of “Light Up a Village Initiative”. The villagers said only one thing “Zon Works”. In few months, Zonbulb traveled to countries all over Africa.
Lighting That Eradicates Darkness in More Ways Than One
The new Zonbulb that became an essential part of many homes in the villages started to play a much larger role than previously envisaged. The unwired solar lighting did more than just replaced candles. The families that used to previously live in flickering candle light at night, depended on daylight for income generation. With the Zonbulb in their homes, they increased their productivity and enhanced their incomes. The children in the family also benefited from the new light and could study longer during late evenings. Their education is the main driving force behind their development. They are now able to leverage their new lighting to study better and eradicate poverty from their villages. This way, the Zonbulb drives development and growth of village families out of poverty.
This inspiring story of the Zonbulb is a testament to the kind of impact that efficient solar lighting can have not just in Africa but also across the world.
Industries have been long known to cause environmental damage. The carbon footprint has only increased over the years due to the toxic smoke and fumes that are released into the atmosphere. Over the years, environmental pollution by industries and factories has led to a rise in respiratory-related diseases across the globe. In order to generate more electricity using coal, forests are mined and felled in the process. The destruction has been devastating to plant, animal and human life.
Due to lobbying, renewable energy has never been given a fair chance. There were a number of speculations about how renewable energy is not an option that is completely viable. However, times are changing and we as a society are forced to take a positive step to build a cleaner and greener planet as the fate of our planet lies on the brink of extinction. Intelizon lighting solutions has shown the world that it is not only highly possible to run industries on renewable energy, but also that the positive effects are undeniable.
Hindustan Zinc Ltd.
One of the world’s leading producers of lead, zinc, cadmium and silver is a mining company called Hindustan Zinc Ltd. Their branch in Yashad Bhawan, Udaipur is leading the way to a safer and cleaner environment-friendly world. After a good deal of research, the organization has come to the conclusion that renewable energy solutions are the best way forward. Being a company that takes their business ethics seriously, Hindustan Zinc Ltd. wanted to enhance all their operations such as smelting and mining by utilizing sustainable technologies.
Hindustan Zinc Ltd. installed 60 Intelizon Zonstreet solar lights on its premises. The lights are not attached to any grid or power source. Due to this, there is absolutely no non-renewable energy usage or wastage. Furthermore, the lights have been proven to be very safe to use since there is no risk of getting electrocuted. The only power source for the lights are solar panels that are placed at appropriate angles to face the sun.
Why Zonstreet Lights?
Intelizon turned out to be the solar lighting company of Hindustan Zinc Ltd.’s choice due to their proven reliability and the use of high-end technology.
- Instead of using the regular lead-acid batteries that do not last for a very long and consume an excessive amount of energy, Intelizon uses long-lasting lithium-ion batteries.
- The batteries are in-built, which also makes them tamper and theft-proof.
- Zonstreet lights use lenses and reflectors to increase the intensity of the lights though the wattage used is a lot lower than regular lights.
- Intelizon uses LED lights instead of regular incandescent lights. Due to this, the lights use approximately 90% less energy, making them an energy-efficient option.
- The lights are also a lot brighter than regular incandescent lights, which means that the same amount of electricity produces more intense light and lasts a lot longer.
- The lights are wireless so one does not necessarily have to manually turn them ON or OFF. This once again helps in the conservation of energy.
- The solar lights and panels are of very high-quality, so the cost of maintaining them are practically nil.
- LED lights fitted on Zonstreet lights last for an average of 5 years, making them the perfect lighting solution.
- Zonstreet lights have motion-sensors due to which they switch on every time a person walks past. This helps in the conservation of energy.
- Solar energy uses direct current instead of alternating current. The lack of power grids improves the amount of energy stored and further reduces the amount of energy wasted due to electricity conversion.
- The brightness of Intelizon Zonstreet lights auto-adjust to the intensity of ambient light, saving even more energy.
- Zonstreet GSM lights can be controlled with an IOS or an Android mobile phone.
- The lights are also aesthetically appealing.
Feedback on Intelizon’s Solar Zonstreet Lights
They say that actions speak louder than words and Intelizon has reasons to celebrate. After the installation of Intelizon Zonstreet lights at Hindustan Zinc Ltd., Yashad Bhawan, has been awarded the highly-prestigious CII-IGBC Platinum Green building award. This has been a positive step in the recognition of the role played by Intelizon to prove that renewable energy is a viable solution for a greener and sustainable planet.
Even though traditional lighting may have similar or lower costing, the lithium ion based solar lighting has far more advantages in many ways. It is really no more a matter of debate and what is left to know is how much more advantageous it is than its counterpart. Let’s compare and examine the contrasts to understand the magnitude of advantages of the self- autonomous lithium ion based solar lighting solutions.
Traditional Community Lighting
The traditional grid based light is generally a 35/40 W CFL/tube light IP54 fixture which is mounted on a 4 to 6 metre pole with power consumption of up to 48W. It needs extensive underground cabling from the mains to the light pole with the inevitable grounding. The cost of this underground cabling amounts to about Rs. 8 lakhs and the cost of the pole and its fittings comes up to Rs. 3 lakhs. The luminaire comes at an average cost of about Rs 2 lakhs and lasts for about 4000 to 5000 hours which is a little over 6 months. The luminaire being replaced twice a year is also a huge cost.
Furthermore, the entire unit even after installation poses many drawbacks to the community. Power cuts render the lighting units useless and pose a security threat. To continue using the lighting solution during a grid failure or any issues as such, it would have to be connected to a generator which increases the costs significantly even if it’s temporary. It shuts off at low voltages of 150 V and endures damage at high voltages of around 300 V.
Inbuilt Lithium Ion Based Solar Lighting
One of the biggest advantages of the lithium ion based lighting is that it is self sufficient and money invested in a single unit can be considered as a one time investment with minimal maintenance in the future. The L1 and L2 community lighting solutions are the flagship products by Intelizon and they have similar luminosity to traditional lighting. Their purchase costs are Rs. 13 lakhs and Rs. 16 lakhs respectively. Their lux stands at 12 and 21 units for 6 metres. Their durability is high and have been proven to last for over 5 years with minimum issues in the unit or in terms of maintenance.
While the traditional lights may have operating/maintenance costs at Rs. 16 lakhs, the Intelizon solar lighting solutions cost merely Rs. 10 to 12 lakhs. There is a significant amount of money saved due to the battery of the luminaire deriving its power from the solar panel attached to the pole. Over the years, this cost amounts to a large sum. The solar panels are LM certified high quality units that can last for over 25 years with about 30% degradation in the first 10 to 15 years. They stay off grid and avoid massive maintenance costs too. Even on cloudy days the intelligent technology in the luminaire is able to conserve energy and sustain itself over a longer period of time until more sunlight can be available. The inbuilt sensor is also programmed to increase brightness when approached by someone. This is crucial in remote areas like villages and wildlife resorts which have huge security risks like snakes.
A Clear Winner
Without a doubt, Intelizon’s lithium ion based solar lighting solutions outperform the traditional community lighting solutions by a big margin. The Return on Investment (ROI) is immediate if you factor in cabling costs of the traditional lights. And it may go up due to the savings on grid and cable maintenance, renewable power source optimised lighting during cloudy days and high quality lighting with the lowest cost of ownership.
In short, the lithium ion based solar lighting by Intelizon is the future and it is considerably more economical to acquire than traditional community lighting with all its drawbacks.
The search for clean and renewable energy has taken a while, but we are now quickly transforming the world for the better. Solar energy is one of the best solutions to power our planet while minimizing the damage we cause to the environment. Futuristic solar technology should be combined with equally good lights. Leading researchers in the field of solar lighting found that LED lights are highly efficient, utilize less energy and are a lot brighter than conventional lights. The combination of LED lights and solar energy go together as well as the classic cookies and cream duet. The other reasons why they are the perfect combination are:
Longer Life Span
Good solar panels last for at least 25 years, making them the most durable lighting solution at the moment.
LED lights are made very differently from regular incandescent lights and bulbs. They also happen to utilize less energy and have a life span that extends way beyond those of incandescent lights.
Solar panels are highly efficient since they absorb the energy from the sun’s rays during the day and store them. The energy gathered from the sun during the day, is good enough last the entire night.
LED lights being one of the most efficient lighting solutions around today, utilize very less energy while producing a much brighter light. LEDs utilize around 90% less energy than regular incandescent lights.
Initially the installation of solar lights leans towards the expensive side. However, once the lights are installed, you can bid adieu to electricity bills. There is usually nothing that really goes wrong with the light because of the kind of material used. This means that the amount spent on maintenance is almost negligible.
LED lights are more costly than incandescent not need to replace them quickly. LEDs last for an average of 7 years when used continuously. This bulbs and tubes. However, since they utilize less power and last for a much longer period of time, one does means that in the long run, LED lights work out to a lot cheaper than traditional lighting. It also means that LEDs are a much better solution.
Environmentally Friendly Energy
Solar lighting is eco-friendly. Regular energy is derived from mining forests and burning non-renewable fossil fuels, which cause drastic environmental damage and climatic change. Solar energy on the other hand is clean and does not cause any harm to our planet, making it the perfect energy solution for today and the future.
While incandescent lights and bulbs burn a lot more electricity and use toxic substances such as mercury during their manufacturing process, LED lights do not. LEDs are also recyclable unlike regular lights.
While regular energy generation and lighting solutions can be dangerous due to the passage of electricity through wires and transformers before reaching you. A break or tear in the wire, contact with water and so on could give a person a shock. With solar lights the chances of getting a shock are negligible.
Incandescent lights and bulbs heat up to very high temperatures and there is always a risk of getting burned or causing a fire. LED lights do not produce heat no matter how long they’re left on for. If a person happens to touch an LED light, there is absolutely no chance of getting burned.
Utilizes Direct Current Instead of Alternating Current
Traditional street lights use Alternating Current (AC), which means that it requires a converter to power the light. Due to this, energy is lost during the process of conversion. Solar lights are a lot more efficient because they directly use the sun’s energy. This is the reason why solar lights utilize less wattage while being able to provide much better and brighter light.
LEDs work on direct current and do not require a converter. This means that the final output is extremely efficient. In fact, LEDs provide the best lumen per watt ratio, making them the new and preferred lighting solution for the world.
There have been many advancements in the field of solar energy such as wireless outdoor lighting. To know more about the latest developments in the world of solar lighting check out Intelizon.
The acceptance and use of solar lighting has been steadily on the rise due to their list of benefits. Solar lighting is environmentally friendly, highly efficient and is a one-time investment after which the power generated is absolutely free. They’re perfect for outdoor lighting and some of them have a range of features.
However, the advantages of these lights make them prone to theft. LED lights are expensive, and are of higher value. To add to this, solar lights come in different sizes and are generally much lighter than traditional street lighting. Solar lights are installed out in the open and many of them are setup in remote regions, making them vulnerable of being stolen.
In order to protect it from theft, one primarily has 2 options. Install anti-theft solar street led lights with in-built batteries that are of no use once detached from the installation. 2nd option is to protect and guard it from intruders.
Tips to keep your LED solar lights safe
Install Lights at a Height
If you are installing medium to large size outdoor street lights, install them really high off the ground. This would make it tougher for people to steal the solar lights with the help of stools or ladders. It would also require a good deal of effort to bring in equipment that would allow people to climb, making the lights a lot harder to steal. The longer time a person takes to steal a light, the chances of getting caught are heightened.
Install Lights in Concrete
It is not always possible to install lights at a height especially if the LED solar lights are small and meant to light up the garden or a footpath. To make your lights theft-proof, dig a hole in the ground, add a mix of wet concrete in it, insert the lights and allow them to harden. The concrete would hold the lights in place. To hide the fact that you have used concrete at the base, you can cover the concrete and the base of the light with sand. The disadvantage of doing this is that your lights would be extremely hard for you to move to an alternate location.
Install Lights with Motion Detectors
Installing lights with motion detectors could act as a deterrent for thieves. Whenever there is movement close by, the lights turn on or brighten up. If an unsuspecting thief does the same, it would seem like somebody is around and switched on the light because they saw the thief. Motion detectors are perfect because they have the ability to surprise people. For weary thieves, lights turning on could mean that there is someone at home. Motion detectors could act as a huge deterrent huge.
Install Security Cameras and Alarms
The installation of security cameras is not too expensive. By installing them, you get to know who has come over without the need to open the door. You get to watch the live footage on your security screen. Security cameras also have a recording feature. Even if you are not at home or are asleep, you can replay the footage later and find out whether you had any intruders. Security alarms are another great installation. They set off a warning alarm if someone tries to trespass.
Keep a Dog
Having a dog as a pet can deter most thieves. Even if the dog does not bite, the animal almost always barks when an unknown person enters the property.
Setup a Fence or Wall
Fencing off your property is a good way of keeping people out. Many thieves would not bother climbing a sturdy wall or tall fence to rob a solar light especially when there is more risk involved.
Hire a Security Guard
You may want to protect the lights by hiring a security guard if you are staying in a gated community. This is one of the safest bets since security guards are trained to protect people and property. However, hiring a security guard for your independent home may be too expensive.
Install Anti-Theft Intelizon Solar Street Led Lights
Intelizon is a revolutionary solar lighting company that fits an anti-theft system with in-built batteries that cannot be stolen. A thief would have to carry the entire lighting pole in order to rob them. Their lights are also connected to a GSM SIM card that is compatible with Android and IOS mobile phones. This technology allows you to shut off the light remotely and find the location of your light. If you have not yet switched to using solar lights but are planning on doing so, installing Intelizon lights could be your best bet.