Special new lighting system on display at Mississauga park

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If you plan to spend more time outdoors this fall and winter, you might be happy to hear that something distinctly environmentally-friendly will literally light your path in a park in Mississauga. 

The City of Mississauga recently announced that a pilot project at Duncairn Downs Park (71 Duncairn Dr.) has been in effect for one year.

The project involved the installation of the city’s first Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Pathway Lighting Project.

According to the city, the park is known for its beautiful greenery and features a soccer pitch, baseball diamond, playground equipment and has an accessible pathway connecting the neighbouring streets.

The city says the pilot project transformed the energy demand for pathway lighting at the park to Smart Off-Grid Solar Powered Lightning, resulting in the removal of greenhouse gas emissions and over 50 per cent decrease in electricity demand.

According to a press release from the city, the results after the first year of monitoring have shown that the off-grid system not only performs as well as on-grid system but offers increased flexibility and control through the use of weather forecasts and integrated motion sensors.

These features have permitted City staff to uphold lighting on the pathway when required including winter months marked by short days and long nights.

“With an ongoing commitment to the Green Pillar of Mississauga's Strategic Plan, the City continues to lead and encourage environmentally responsible approaches throughout Mississauga, including the bright lights of Duncairn Downs Park,” the city said in a news release. 

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