In a move to help curb costs and expand sustainability efforts, the city of Stamford Connecticut is switching to energy-efficient LED streetlights. The move will save the municipality more than $146,000 annually.
To help jump-start the initiative, the city was awarded an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, an initiative funding energy efficiency and conservation programs across the country.
The grant funded the replacement of more than 1,000 high-pressure sodium-based streetlights with GE’s Evolve LED Roadway Medium Cobrahead (ERMC) fixtures
“We looked at several manufacturers and thought the GE Cobrahead lights offered the best quality in terms of color temperature (4300 K), CRI, lighting uniformity and reduced glare.” says Nancy Pipicelli, energy & utility manager for the City of Stamford.
The lights consume 95-157 watts per fixture, less than half that of consumed wattage under the previous high-pressure sodium vapor systems and have an estimated service life of more than 10 years.
Stamford will also receive a $357,000 rebate from Connecticut Light and Power, an electrical provider for the state of Connecticut. The city plans to use these funds to install an additional 467 energy-efficient streetlights using the LED technology next year.
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