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City may use energy-saving LED lighting to replace streetlights 5.18

According to the president of a local energy service firm, the city, Hazleton, may replace more than 1,400 aged streetlight fixtures with high-efficiency LED units. And this program will reduce energy costs by $60,000 to $65,000 annually. At the same time, the savings will be used to offset costs of the city-wide upgrade. If the city adopts this project, it will lead to a 60 percent reduction in energy consumption comparing to existing high-pressure sodium units.

The initiative which replaces streetlights with energy saving LED units is a continuation of a program designed to cut energy consumption and, ultimately, costs, according to Clifford, the president of C Group Energy Services. And it began about two years ago when he began developing an energy plan of renegotiated electricity rates, which resulted in a "significant reduction" in energy bills.

Additionally, the initiative cut costs for powering streetlights and traffic signals along a revamped stretch of Broad Street by 22 percent through 2014. Other energy consumption upgrades were implemented at City Hall.

The next phase of the program is designed to use LED fixtures to replace 1,464 high-pressure sodium streetlights which are mounted on wooden utility poles throughout the city in order to reduce energy consumption. And the energy savings would be used to offset project costs.

In addition to reducing energy consumption, LED lamps have a longer life than sodium lights, which is up to 100,000 hours, equivalently 20 to 25 years. The new lighting fixtures would have a 10-year warranty that includes a maintenance program. Ongoing maintenance will be much, much less. And it reduces the burden of city street crews. Another advantage of LED lighting is that fixtures emit a "much fresher light" as opposed to a "yellowish tint" from existing high-pressure sodium fixtures. It will come across as a bit brighter.

According to official reports, nine firms responded to a request proposal for the street lighting initiative. But responses to the RFP have been narrowed to two finalists, Smart Watt Electricity which is located in Albany, New York and Citelum, a French company with its U.S. headquarters in Washington, D.C. Both companies expressed a commitment to using local providers and workers when possible.

Relevant department expressed that they will ensure the project continues, because it could save money and brighten streets while deterring crime.


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