In my years in the solar lighting industry, naysayers have exponentially outnumbered trailblazers. This is not without good reason. Attempting to incorporate an emerging technology into a clients project comes with extensive risk.
The key to successful implementation of any alternative technology, or emerging technology is multi-faceted. With regard to LED Solar Street Lighting, the key factor to consider on initial evaluation is the authoritative tone the company takes on matters large and small. Make sure your contacts are telling you as much of what "not" to do as what "to" do in a project.
More often than not, Ember LED's staff adjusts a clients preference and expectations of where solar lighting is ideal, and how to effectively integrate the solution in applications and budgets. Be wary of companies that claim to be experts, but don't understand effective lighting practice. Be wary when a company selling solar street lights, sells garden lights and pool lights as well. Always search to see who the company is associated with.
Our company, for example, works only with A1 level lighting representatives in the United States. These agencies are top of the line, and are the gatekeepers against low-grade and green-washed technologies. Solar is a fine solution in many applications, and the roles companies play in project assessment and comparability will help usher a positive reception of solar energy based solutions sooner than later. With regard to solar street lights, we believe an informed client means a stronger market for all "Green" technologies.