Philly Streetlight Improvement Project Kicks Off - Diversified Communications

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  August 9, 2023

Philly Streetlight Improvement Project Kicks Off

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) announced the kickoff of construction for the Philly Streetlight Improvement Project.

The project will replace and connect approximately 130,000 streetlights into a network of more efficient, longer-lasting, remotely-controlled light-emitting diode (LED) lights throughout the city.

The 24-month construction project will reduce street lighting energy use by more than 50% and will lower municipal carbon emissions by more than 9%. 

Through resulting energy savings and the use of energy efficiency rebates, along with the elimination of operations and maintenance costs, the $91.2 million improvement project is projected to be cost neutral over the 20-year financing period. The project is being financed by a bond that is issued by the PEA and is the city’s first sustainability bond.

The upgraded LED luminaires are designed to be fully controllable through remote monitoring on a secure network known as a Lighting Management System (LMS), providing the City instantaneous updates on outages and the ability to dim and brighten fixtures. 

“Our city’s streetlights have been in use since the 1970s and we are long overdue for an upgrade,” said Carlton Williams, Commissioner for the Department of Streets, in a statement. “Improving Philadelphia’s infrastructure with our residents’ support is one of our top priorities. Projects like this enable us to add remote optimized lighting and outage monitoring that will create operational efficiencies for our street lighting management system, while simultaneously providing city residents with better streetscape visibility and cost savings.”

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