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Solar Lighting in Mexico: a Ray of Hope in the Migration Crisis

 

Between 2019 and 2021, in collaboration with Schneider Electric, and the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees),  over 130 Sunna Design’s iSSL Maxi Road solar streetlights were installed for a solar public lighting project in Tapachula, Mexico. This country faced two key challenges: a strained social context, partially related to migration flows, and a loss of confidence in autonomous street lighting. This project was led by KaabSolar, Sunna Design’s local representative in Mexico.

 

  Rural and remote site

   Tapachula – MEXICO

  ISSL Maxi Road

A Historical Migration Crisis in Mexico

 

Mexico is currently experiencing significant migratory movements. These massive displacements from South and Central America to the North present new challenges for the government, which must manage the population’s influx. The UNHCR provides valuable institutional and material assistance to various areas of the country in collaboration with local governments.

 

In this context, the United Nations High Commissioner’s Office wished to establish LED solar streetlights to improve the infrastructure of municipalities facing this migration crisis. Solar public lighting is a high-impact social service whose highly efficient installation quickly enhances the security of areas lacking efficient urban streetlights.

Solar Lighting in Mexico: Between Opportunities and Reluctancy

 

It seems like autonomous lighting is an obvious choice in Mexico. The electricity costs are high, and the country benefits from abundant solar radiation in much of its territory, making photovoltaic streetlights easily profitable. The solar public lighting market has been highly dynamic for the past decade.

 

However, solar solutions still suffer from a poor image due to past mistakes, such as investing in low-quality products that led to the failure of numerous large-scale projects.

A Photovoltaic Streetlight that Addresses All Challenges

 

In order to prevent the recurrence of past mistakes in Mexico regarding solar lighting, the UNHCR carried out a rigorous selection process in the form of a framework agreement. The goal was to meet high-quality standards to ensure the long-term sustainability of the public lighting project.

 

In the end, Sunna Design’s solar solutions emerged as the answer to all the UNHCR’s criteria. They especially appreciated the smart streetlight solution’s durability, compactness, quick installation, and anti-theft features. The initial phase of the collaborative project between the UNHCR and Sunna Design started in Tapachula, a border town with Guatemala.

 

We installed 131 iSSL Maxi Road streetlights in 15 neighborhoods, with 3 of them located near migrant reception centers. Due to the pandemic and organizational issues with the Tapachula municipality, the project took place in two distinct phases: the first in 2019 and the second at the end of 2021.

 

Thousands of people benefit from the project. Residents of shelters, communities, and municipalities all warmly welcomed this initiative, which promotes peace and social bonds in neighborhoods. The UNHCR expressed its entire satisfaction with its partnership with Sunna Design.

Year

 

2019-2021
Location

 

Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexique
Client

 

L'UNHCR
Product(s)

 

Partner

 

KaabSolar

Which products for this field of application?

    Park and recreation Parking lot Path and crosswalk
    The iSSL+ is a reliable and robust stand-alone solar lighting solution, particularly suitable for pedestrian walkways, cycle paths and car parks. This innovative product offers a very simple and quick installation with unmatched performance and connected services such as Sunnap'. Do you have a similar project or any other project? Talk to our sales team!    
    Park and recreation Parking lot General Area
    The iSSL maxi Area is a reliable and robust stand-alone solar lighting solution, particularly suitable for area lighting, car parks and public squares. This innovative product offers a very simple and quick installation with unmatched performance and connected services such as Sunnap'.   Do you have a similar project or any other project ? Talk to our sales team!    
    Road and street Parking lot General Area
    iSSL Maxi Road is the most reliable and robust stand-alone solar lighting solution. This innovative product offers unparalleled performance and connected services with the SunnApp, and installs very quickly.   Do you have a similar project or any other project ? Talk to our sales team!    
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    Lampadaire solaire Sunna Design iSSL Maxi Area noir Lampadaire solaire Sunna Design iSSL Maxi Area blanc
    Lampadaire solaire Sunna Design iSSL Maxi Road Noir Lampadaire solaire Sunna Design iSSL Maxi Road blanc

    Specifications iSSL +

    Lighting
    Lighting power
    1800 to 3600 lumens
    Consumption
    10 W to 20 W
    Lighting efficiency
    Up to 1 lm/W
    Color temperature options couleur
    2700K, 3000K, 4000K & 5700K
    Lifespan
    50,000 hours IESNA LM-80 TM-21 certified
    * Available with motion sensor
    PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS
    Technology
    Photovoltaïc modules (Monocrystalline silicon)
    Power
    50 Wc
    Lifespan
    25 years
    Battery
    Technology
    NiMH , battery, maintenance free, very high temperature resistance
    Capacity
    120 Wh
    Operating temperature range
    -40°C to +70°C
    Lifespan
    12 years
    General
    SCx
    0,16 m2
    Fixation
    Top mounting Ø60 mm
    Weight (without pole)
    13 kg

    Specifications iSSL Maxi Area

    Lighting
    Lighting power
    3600 to 7200 lumens
    Consumption
    20 W to 40 W
    Lighting efficiency
    Up to 180 lm/W
    Color temperature options
    2700K, 3000K, 4000K & 5700K
    Lifespan
    50,000 hours IESNA LM-80 TM-21 certified
    * Available with motion sensor
    Photovoltaic panels
    Technology
    Photovoltaïc modules (Monocrystalline silicon)
    Power
    80 Wc
    Lifespan
    25 years
    Battery
    Technology
    NiMH , battery, maintenance free, very high temperature resistance
    Capacity
    240 Wh
    Operating temperature range
    -40°C to +70°C
    Lifespan
    12 years
    General
    SCx
    0,147 m2
    Fixation
    Top mounting Ø60 mm
    Weight (without pole)
    19 kg

    Specifications iSSL Maxi Road

    Lighting
    Lighting power
    3600 to 7200 lumens
    Consumption
    20 W to 40 W
    Lighting efficiency
    Up to 180 lm/W
    Color temperature options
    2700K, 3000K, 4000K & 5700K
    Lifespan
    50,000 hours IESNA LM-80 TM-21 certified
    * Available with motion sensor
    Photovoltaic panels
    Technology
    Photovoltaïc modules (Monocrystalline silicon)
    Power
    80 Wc
    Lifespan
    25 years
    Battery
    Technology
    NiMH , battery, maintenance free, very high temperature resistance
    Capacity
    240Wh
    Operating temperature range
    -40°C to +70°C
    Lifespan
    12 years
    General
    SCx
    0,147 m²
    Fixation
    Top mounting Ø60 mm
    Weight
    19 kg

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