Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy – Costa Rica
As Central America’s leading wind energy company, Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy (GME) develops, constructs and operates wind energy projects across Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Since 2004, the company has closed on financing for five wind generation projects that provide 220 megawatts of electricity, with several hundred more megawatts at various project stages. They sought lighting for five meteorological masts, installed in May 2016 in Costa Rica.
Blue safety flags have been used for decades to alert trains of workers on or near the track. In 2008, the Federal Railroad Administration (USA) began requiring that the blue flag be paired with a light. For one Union Pacific railyard in Des Moines, Iowa, its selected compliant lights constantly required bulb and battery replacements—time-consuming maintenance that proved costly. Railyard staff recognized that the railyard required something more robust and looked to solar lighting to minimize costly battery replacements.
Flash Technology products have proven to be the optimal obstruction light device throughout almost 6 years now that I’ve been using them. The self-contained feature and easy setup are, in my opinion, 2 of the most important characteristics of this equipment.
– Sebastián Zeledón Castro, Globeleq project engineer
Choosing Flash Technology: For project engineer Sebastián Zeledón Castro, choosing Flash’s solar lights was an easy decision. Before working for GME, he had worked for a company that installed and maintained meteorological masts for wind resource assessment purposes. Since this company was also a regional distributor of Flash products, he became familiar with the solar obstruction product line. “Certainly, I had to work with obstruction lights from other manufacturers,” he said. “This situation allowed me to verify the superior quality of Flash Technology equipment.”
Outcome: Since GME required meteorological masts that are compliant with national civil aviation regulations, Flash Technology’s OL800 and OL4 were an obvious fit. Both lights were installed on permanent meteorological masts at each of GME’s newest wind farms in Costa Rica.