Special Projects

Solar and Wind Power Consultants

Solar powered lighting or water pumping makes a lot of sense if you have a situation where the power lines are a long ways away. Hotwire alternative energy consultants can help you match the products to your goals. Stand-alone solar powered lighting systems can be set up with a photosensor to turn the lights on at dusk and off at dawn automatically. Hotwire has years of experience designing and installing remote light systems for diverse applications.

Solar is a great option for lighting streets or flag poles. Keep your golf cart batteries charged with a solar panel.

College Campus Solar Streetlights
Hotwire designed and built the solar power packs for the solar powered street lights at Hillsboro Community College, Ybor City, Tampa. Each power pack has a 65 watt solar module mounted onto it, and inside is a controller, battery, and terminal strips for the light wiring. Let us know what you want to power, and we can build a custom power pack to supply power from the sun.

Solar Lighting for Signs, Flagpoles, Driveway, or Landscaping

Some neighborhoods have gateway signs which benefit from lighting at night. Solar is a way to do this effectively without incurring an ongoing electric bill.  Businesses, too, can light signs at night with solar power. Imagine a nighttime spotlight on your organization’s flagpole, powered by solar electricity. Homeowners, you can convert your driveway light or spotlights up into graceful tree branches to a small, unobtrusive solar system that’s not connected to your home’s electric meter at all. Think of the money you’ll save over time!

Agricultural Solar Power

Hotwire has the technical background to recommend and install water pumping equipment. Solar can be used for wells down to 400 feet, surface pumping, pressure water system, or water aeration. The USDA has offered incentives available for some applications. Call us for a quote.

Wind power or solar power can provide water pumping for livestock. In the summer when there is little wind and a greater demand for water, a solar system provides more power. Shown to the right is a system installed by Hotwire on a central Florida cattle ranch. It provides 1200 gallons per day using two Kaneka 60 watt solar modules with a Grundfos SQ well pump.

Solar Ambulances

Ambulances need a lot of battery power to run all of the equipment necessary in many medical emergencies: refrigerators for medications, breathing assistance, electric shock to restart hearts, computers and radios, etc.  To help keep SunStar Paramedics’ vehicles on the road and ready, they asked Hotwire to design and install solar charging systems for the ambulances and supervisors’ vehicles to help keep the batteries charged. Hotwire’s systems are now found on the roads all over Pinellas County, enabling SunStar to save lives.

About John Gambill

John’s early background is mechanical and technical, starting with FAA Airframe and Power Plant certification at the University of Illinois, Institute of Aviation in Champaign, Illinois. Then motorcycles (mostly Japanese), Bachelor’s in Education, service manager for Honda and Toyota, and then technical dealer support for Mitsubishi Motors of America, with some small engine repair and underground mining equipment overhaul.

For the last thirteen years, he has been designing and supplying renewable energy (RE) systems for boats, RVs and houses. Recent projects include the solar power supply for street lights at Hillsborough Community College; ambulance solar/battery charging systems for SunStar in Largo, Florida; solar water pumping for a cattle ranch in Plant City, Florida; solar battery charging for powered hand carts on Budweiser delivery trucks; and solar powered golf carts. Mostly he has been fabricating installation hardware and supplying components and designs for solar & wind powered systems aboard cruising sailboats.

John has been certified by various manufacturers of solar residential equipment, including Southwest Windpower, Sharp, Xantrex, SMA America, UniRac, Fronius, and Morningstar. He has passed the certification tests for the Florida Solar Contractors Certification. John has been presenting seminars on Renewable Energy at all the major sailboat shows, in Tarpon Springs for home owners, as well as for boat clubs, Sierra Club, Brooker Creek Educational Programs and other various interested groups, and has been the guest speaker on WMNF Radio’s Sustainable Living program multiple times.

John Gambill
sv Hotwire Enterprises
Renewable Energy

Sunstar Paramedics
Water pumping for cattle ranches, etc.
Palm Harbor Library’s waterfall