Truckee Tahoe Airport first installed solar-powered taxiway lights in 2003 as part of their program to improve safety at their general aviation facility. After a thorough analysis, solar enabled them to save over $272,000 vs. a cabled, AC-powered system.
More than 600 solar lights provide poor weather, evening, and nighttime guidance on all of their taxiways. The A601 and upgraded A650 lights are mounted on top of flexible, retroreflective markers that ensure the lights are not buried during extensive snowfall.
FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding was used to acquire the system and it has been in continuous service, year-round for more than 12 years. Maintenance staff appreciate that the lights are optically-compliant, self-contained, and require minimal maintenance.