Progress Solar specializes in manufacturing portable Progress Solar™, Progress Solar/Wind™ and Progress Solar/Hybrid™ Light Towers, generators and surveillance/video systems. Progress Solar manufactures 100% in its facilities in North Carolina, USA. Progress Solar is a preferred or approved vendor for the top U.S. Equipment Rental Companies and has units at the Pentagon, each Department of Defense and Homeland Security.
The Progress Solar and Solar/Wind Light Towers (patents pending) resemble a traditional portable diesel light tower, but are designed to operate on renewable energy eliminating or minimizing the use of fossil fuels or generation of carbon emissions. The light plants can be powered a number of ways. They are powered primarily by two on-board solar power generators (for redundancy and reliability) and an optional wind generator housed above the LED flood lights. And for further redundancy and as a backup, the large battery bank stores numerous days of lighting (now up to 55 hrs reserve run time without solar) and can always be charged via an onboard dual-bank AC power charger, if ever needed.
To power the AC rapid charger in remote areas during solar challenged areas or times, Progress Solar has added two options, the New Solar/Hybrid-Ready enables quick-mount of a 3-4kW generator from an existing fleet or the Progress Solar/Hybrid series has an integrated generator (either propane, gas or diesel are available). These options can be added to any Progress Solar or Solar/Wind unit for back-up. Note: for the vast majority of applications and areas our standard Solar or Solar/Wind powered units provide up to 100% of the energy needed for lighting. However, the Solar/Hybrid-Ready and Solar/Hybrid units insure you are never without power or lighting anywhere you go. For more information contact us and we can recommend the best model for any location or application.
The Progress Solar Series of Light Towers are rugged, mobile light systems that provide high-intensity, bright white lighting on-demand, where and when you need it. They are equipped with high power generating Solar Modules housed on automated solar wings that can be optimally positioned toward the sun to maximize solar energy gain; an optional wind turbine at the top of the telescoping mast; four (4) solid-state LED flood lights with high lumen output; and a long-life Power Module with AGM, no maintenance, sealed, deep-cycle batteries to store energy for use when needed at night or during in-climate weather. The light tower is fully adjustable from 12-30ft in height, lights can be individually tilted up/down and the mast can be rotated to direct the light exactly where it is needed. The solid-state LED flood lights provide a tremendous amount of light, minimize power requirements; provide instant-on/off with no flickering; are extremely reliable, vibration and shatter resistant; and designed to provide up to 5-10x longer run time between bulb changes than metal halide lights. The Solar/Light Control Module protects the system from over/under charging and the lights can be turned on/off automatically from a timer, at user-programmable time intervals or manually on-demand. The system is on a portable trailer customized for maximum functionality and convenience and can be easily towed to its destination.
There are 3 solar system configurations available on the same towable unit base.
- The SLT600 is designed for short term applications, like periodic events.
- The SLT800 is designed for moderate use applications including the vast majority of typical construction equipment rental uses. It provides maximum flexibility at a reasonable cost
- The SLT1200 is designed for longer term, high use year-round applications like military, oil & gas, mining, etc.
Both the SLT800 and SLT1200 series are available with a wind turbine option to generate additional renewable energy and further increase run times. This is an excellent option for areas with average wind speeds greater than 7mph. This adds power generation up to 24 hours per day including nights and during bad weather.
All Progress Solar Light Tower models provide a large 24VDC battery bank (~980aH, 16ea, 6V-245aH battery size) to capture and store the solar, wind or hybrid power generated by the system. Larger battery banks are available in arctic temperatures. We utilize the longest, known cycle-life AGM, sealed, no maintenance batteries available to insure a long life of trouble free use.
Now with a 33% increase in run time (up to 55-60 hrs at 700F) from a full bank of batteries, if no solar or wind power is available. This is while maintaining a low voltage disconnect to protect the battery bank which should last up to 3-5 years or longer depending on usage and area temperature. Note: The Arctic Cold weather Package includes a significantly larger and enclosed and insulated battery bank.
Progress Solar Light Towers provide brilliant white lighting with 2 primary offerings of LED lights. These lights are customized specifically for Progress Solar Light Towers to maximize light output and function in any weather conditions (IP66). The LED/Lens design controls the beam angles to enable a large sweeping arc of light with broader light coverage close up with the bottom 2 lights and more focused intensity on the top 2 lights for clear visibility in the distance. The unique LED/Lens design positions the Lens directly on top of the LEDs to minimize/eliminate frost and humidity and maximize the light output.
The most frequently purchased type is our Standard Light Intensity LED flood light fixtures which meets the majority of needs. However, we also offer an Optional Variable Light Intensity flood light fixture that allows the end user to easily adjust the light intensity to move between Low-Medium-High intensity levels depending on the needs. Naturally, the higher the light intensity is set the higher the power consumption. For that reason we recommend the Variable Light Intensity option only for the Progress Solar/Wind™ (SLT1200-W) and Solar/Hybrid™ models (SLT800-Hyb and SLT1200-Hyb).
The Hybrid-Ready Option Can Be Added to Any Progress Solar™ or Solar/Wind™ Light Tower Model. With the hybrid ready model, an equipment fleet manager can easily add existing 3kw Generators already in their fleet quickly and securely (if ever needed to further expand run time); Keep in mind, a hybrid will certainly not be needed year round but may be necessary periodically during solar challenged times or areas. This option includes a Hitch Quick-Connect, and an Auto-Start Quick-Connect. This allows flexibility and maximum utilization of existing equipment. This can be used with an Auto-Start system (recommended with electric start/auto choke generators ) or recoil Start propane, gas, tri-fuel or diesel generator options. Simply secure the rack with the Quick Connect hitch & cables and lock in the generator.
We can add Tri-fuel, Propane, Gas or Diesel 3kW Generator options and large Fuel Tanks to meet any needs or unattended run time targets in any environment.
This option is similar to the Hybrid ready series but we fully integrate the generator into the system for areas that are more solar challenged. The unit below was designed specifically for heavy use applications like oil & gas, mining and the military in areas like Canada, Alaska, N Europe, etc. This model can be equipped with or without the optional Arctic Cold Weather Package which includes a significantly larger battery bank and insulated enclosures needed to operate in extreme cold weather temperatures.
Skid Mount Units
We have added skid-mount units in addition to towable units. These are typically more appropriate for longer, fixed location applications. Skid mount solar light towers sit at exactly the same height as the units with wheels. These units will need to be transported on flatbed trucks and on and off-loaded with either forklifts or with the crane hook. For Longer Term Installations: The end user can screw the legs down into concrete, wood, matting or anchor to the ground with existing D rings. For Short Term Installations: We can add the same outriggers and jacks on the unit as the towable units to stabilize the unit without any permanent anchors needed.
Now you can see, capture and better manage what is going on with the optional security cameras. In general, the cameras are used to monitor a location to help improve security, productivity & safety around job sites.
This option is available for the SLT1200 series or SLT800 Solar/Hybrid series. Everything is included in 1 compact package – 3 fixed and 1 Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera, 1 Terabyte of Internal Memory, it can be controlled or viewed by Computer or Smart Phone. An Optional Monitoring Service is available.