Solar- and turbine-powered lights line the exterior of the Whole Foods store in the Shops at Merchants Walk, a new shopping development in Huntsville, AL. Each of the lights features a 200W turbine and a 230W solar panel. That power supplies a battery that lights an 85W LED. Energy for the lights can be stored for five days, according to WHNT.com.
Shops at Merchants Walk is an $85 million project. RCP Companies, the real estate firm leasing and managing the development, are using the LEDs – and the energy efficiency they represent – to set the tone for the project. In addition, windows in the buildings are glazed with a coating that reduces UV rays and cut power requirements. There are two electric vehicle charging stations in the parking garage.
LEDs are gaining acceptance on many levels, from industrial and commercial settings and even for architectural uses. LEDs Magazine reports that Erco is providing LED façade lighting for the Walker Tower, which is located near Ground Zero in the Tribeca section of Manhattan. The solid-state lighting for the façade will feature more than 100 projectors from the company.