This document provides general considerations for evaluating the feasibility of photovoltaic (PV) lighting applications. These considerations include assessing lighting requirements, understanding site conditions and investigating alternative lighting and power source options. These guidelines are intended to help prospective buyers of PV lighting equipment evaluate applications, as well as helping those supplying systems and equipment identify potential markets for their products. Also covered in this document is an overview of popular PV lighting system applications, including area and sign lighting, signal and warning systems, consumer lighting devices and solar home lighting systems.
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