Communities in the Canadian province of Alberta will be lit with LED streetlights as a result of a partnership of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and energy provider FortisAlberta. The towns of Stony Plain, Innisfail and Okotoks will receive a distribution of approximately 300 LED streetlights which will be installed as replacements for existing high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlight fixtures. The LED fixtures chosen for the installation are manufactured by BetaLED, a division of Ruud Lighting, of Racine, Wisconsin, and funding for the project comes directly from FortisAlberta.
“FortisAlberta tested LED fixtures in numerous pilots throughout the province using approximately three to four fixtures in each installation. Based on these installations, we chose the BetaLED streetlight fixtures,” said Joelle Lamontagne, program manager, energy efficiency for FortisAlberta. The small pilot installations and high interest in energy efficient streetlighting from communities in the utility’s service territory led FortisAlberta to pursue this large scale project. “All of our towns want this technology on their streets,” said Lamontagne.
The project is slated to begin in September 2011, and the streetlights will continue to be tested and evaluated through the first quarter of 2013. Several of the newly installed LED streetlights will be metered to provide precise data on energy consumption. Additionally, existing adjacent HPS streetlights will also be metered for the purpose of comparing data. FortisAlberta is scheduled to release a report on the data gathered on performance, energy consumption and maintenance needs in early 2013, according to Lamontagne. While the utility is currently focused on the proposed project, plans for additional installations are possible.