SOL, Inc.'s solar-powered products solve problems, restore communities.


Alan Hurst founded SOL, Inc. to light third world countries. To help create self-sustaining communities where people can socialize, study and stay open for business after dark. To bring light-and life-one village at a time.  For the past 20 years SOL Inc. has been doing just that; designing and manufacturing solar-powered and LED outdoor lighting solutions for commercial and institutional clients in 61 countires on six continents.


These innovative, cost effective and easy-to install solar lighting systems provide unsurpassed levels of illumination and durability to parking lots, pathways, parks, trails, roadways, boat launches, campus areas, perimeter security, signs, billboards, transit, shelters and more.
The company launched in Miami, but moved operations to Palm City after Hurricane Andrew, drawn by the high-quality pool of employees and Martin County's centralized location, which President and CEO Rick Schuett called "ideal for international manufacturers."
"Martin County provides a close proximity to the Ports of Jacksonville and Miami," he said. "Our facilities are also very close to both I-95 and the Turnpike, which allow shipments to be quickly dispatched either directly by truck or shipped to the ports for overseas transportation."
SOL's prime location also helped the company mount an effective response to December's earthquake in Haiti. Within days, SOL and Missionary Flights International flew representatives and equipment to the most devastated areas-including a private medical clinic and an orphanage-to help with victim care, aid distribution and security. By the end of January SOL's donations of money, supplies and solar lighting systems topped $400,000 and will benefit Haiti's recovery and rebuilding efforts for decades.
The SOL team also contributes on a local level. Employees have donated their time and equipment to assemble and install solar lighting systems for area non profits such as the Boys & Girls Club of Martin County, the Florida Oceanographic Society and the Treasure Coast Food Bank.
"Our parking lot needed additional lighting, but we're near an area for sea turtle nesting and bright lights confuse them," Jeannie Kelly, business manager for the Florida Oceanographic Society, said. "A consultant at SOL introduced us to turtle-friendly LED lights, and it was a great solution."
The Turtle-Lite luminaries utilize phosphor converted (PC) amber LEDs, which have an innovative chemical composition and technique that produce a higher efficiency, making them two to three times brighter than other amber LEDs. FOS purchased three lights and SOL donated two more.
"These fixtures allow communities and businesses located near turtle nesting areas to be able to have the light they need without harming young hatchlings. We will be making this new technology available to turtle nesting coastlines worldwide," Schuett said.
SOL also recently launched its new CPU, the aiSUNTM, which is an innovative combination of a solar energy charge controller and high efficacy LED driver into one intelligent module. This new technology allows SOL to configure a customer's lights to operate in many different modes including integration with a wireless light control network.
Thanks to these innovative products, SOL is poised to expand its production floor and hire close to 50 employees. Schuett said The Business Development Board of Martin County has helped ease any growing pains.
"Ron Bunch and the BDBMC have always been supportive of SOL and its missions," he said. "The BDBMC made us aware of workplace information that has helped us in hiring additional staff as we experience tremendous growth in our industry. They've also helped us identify potential expansion properties for us and local projects that could benefit from using solar lighting."

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