Magnum, PERC develop solar/propane lighting

There’s a greener, more efficient way to illuminate construction job sites.

A solar-powered and propane-fueled light tower has been developed by Magnum Power Products in cooperation with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).

The Magnum MLT4000S Solar Hybrid Light Tower’s LP-fueled back-up generator keeps its batteries charged in all conditions, ensuring a safe, well-lit job site. Because the light tower does not consume diesel fuel, it’s less expensive to operate and produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

"Through PERC support, Magnum has created a truly green and fuel-efficient alternative to diesel-fueled light towers on the job site,” said Bridget Kidd, PERC’s director of residential and commercial programs. “Because the MLT4000S combines solar power with a backup system using clean-burning, American-made propane, it’s also a more a cost-effective way for contractors to integrate sustainable practices into their operations.”

Unlike diesel, propane does not degrade over time, reducing fuel-related performance problems. Propane also emits fewer carbon dioxide emissions and toxic pollutants than diesel, improving air quality and worker safety on the job site. Finally, propane fuel costs less than diesel, improving contractor profit margins.

During the day, a solar-panel array charges the light tower’s batteries for nighttime operation. If cloudy or inclement weather prevents the batteries from fully charging, a propane-fueled, air-cooled Generac generator turns on automatically and recharges the batteries until the solar panels can take over.

The MLT4000S is durable, reliable, easy to use, and requires only minimal maintenance — making it ideal for both the construction business and the rental market, according to Dave McAllister, vice president of business development at Magnum.

“Whether diesel fuel is difficult to come by at a particular job site, or users simply require a light tower that can automatically operate for several weeks, the MLT4000S is now an option,” McAllister said. “It’s a tough, reliable workhorse on the job site, which makes it a smart purchase for construction professionals, and its durability also makes it a great choice for the rental market.”

A dependable light source is crucial to nighttime operations, ensuring worker safety and helping builders, road construction crews and other contractors complete projects on time and on budget. And, because the light tower runs on solar and propane energy, it produces fewer emissions and less noise — very important when rental customers use the unit at nighttime concerts or sporting events.

Adding to its reliability, the MLT4000S’s rugged LED light fixtures boast a lifespan five times that of traditional metal halide bulbs, providing more than 50,000 hours of illumination. The bulbs are serviceable with readily available components and an industry-standard LED-chip platform.

PERC is offering buyers a $3,500 incentive to purchase the MLT4000S through its Propane Heat & Power Incentive Program. This program is designed to encourage construction professionals, homeowners and businesses to adopt new propane-fueled products for residential and commercial use.