A friend recommended these to me after her company installed them. From UGE, they are streetlights combining solar panels with mini-wind turbines. They are quite amazing:
From the brochure (pdf):
- Our hybrid model operates entirely off-grid.
- Can be installed in remote locations which are inaccessible to the electric grids.
- Lower utility costs – avoid the high cost of wiring grid-connected lighting
Another, graphic that diagrams the design:
I love the “decorative tower”, where you presume one could recoup costs through a few years of banner advertisements.
Learn more about the designs and the company: