Energy Efficiency, Regulation - October 20, 2017
West Haven to see savings from streetlight LED retrofit
A town in Connecticut estimates that it will save $338,000 per year in electrical costs through a planned LED retrofit of 4,388 of its street lights.
United Illuminating, an electric distribution company based in Orange, Conn., will replace the street lights in West Haven, Conn., from high-pressure sodium streetlights to more efficient options at no cost to the city. Mayor Ed O’Brien signed a streetlight conversion contract with UI on Sept. 26, according to a report by the New Haven Register.
“The contract calls for UI to retrofit the city’s existing ‘cobra-head’ streetlight fixtures and replace the existing high-pressure sodium lights with brighter, high-efficiency LED lights,” the publication said.
The retrofit is projected to start in early 2018.
According to the New Haven Register, the project is following other LED lighting initiatives the city has put in place recently. In late 2015, New Haven converted the interior and exterior lights of the city’s Beach Street wastewater treatment plant and 13 pumping stations to LED.
Other cities around the country have seen drastic savings as a result of LED retrofit projects, including Phoenix, which expects to save $22 million through 2030, and Las Vegas, which announced savings of $2 million per year since 2013, because of these replacements.
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