Gilbert is asking for public feedback on a solar light pilot that's under way in a town park and could lead to wider use of the lights. Ten of the lights are in use at the downtown-area Page Park, where wireless solar sleeves wrap around the light poles. The town can manage the output of the light and dim any of them to extend their life into the night. Also, the lights can be monitored for outages.
The lights are provided at no cost by Green Global, which estimates the solar sleeves could reduce utility costs by 40 percent.
The solar lights are being tested for a roughly four-month period ending Oct. 14. Gilbert asks residents to see the lights at Page Park, 132 W. Bruce Ave. The park is two blocks north of Elliot Road and two blocks west of Gilbert Road. Residents can submit feedback at www.gilbertaz.gov/solarlight by Oct. 14.
The town is also considering using the lights on neighborhood streets. The lights would not be used on major streets because they are not bright enough for that need.