Fire Lookout Powered by Solar

Essential in the fights against wildfires, fire lookouts act as early warning systems for wildfires in remote and inaccessible areas. Amid the rugged terrain it’s unlikely to find a reliable power source. Fortunately, solar has proven to provide a practical and sustainable solution for powering fire lookouts.
Deep in the mountains of Colorado, this fire lookout has been upfitted with solar panels to generate electricity from sunlight, which is then stored in batteries for use when needed.
This clean, renewable addition to the once low-tech structure, not only ensures a continuous power supply but also reduces the risk of environmental damage that can result from using diesel generators or other fossil fuels.

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How Solar Works

The solar panels installed on the roof capture sunlight and generate electricity. The battery bank stores the energy generated by the panels. Then, an inverter converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into AC electricity that can be used to power communications equipment, lights and fans, or charge handheld devices and laptops.

Low Maintenance

Solar requires very little maintenance. Once the system is set up, it will continue to generate electricity as long as there is sunlight. This makes it an ideal solution for remote areas.

Why Solar?

Adding solar power is a practical and sustainable solution for powering fire lookouts. It improves operational efficacy and helps to protect the environment from the negative impacts of fossil fuel-based energy sources. By generating electricity from sunlight, fire lookouts can ensure a reliable source of power that is clean, renewable, and requires very little maintenance.

Products Used

200-watt Solar Panels

30amp PWM Solar Charge Controller

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