As part of a federally funded energy efficiency program, the town of Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, has been awarded C$700,000 for a large-scale LED streetlight project. The funds, from ecoNova Scotia, a fund for clean air and climate change projects, will be used to convert 1,200 existing high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights to LED fixtures. The existing HPS streetlights range from 70 watts to 400 watts. The number of LEDs in each fixture will vary based on the specific location and its lighting requirements.
The town of Amherst has conducted a one hundred light pilot project to study the efficiency and effectiveness of LED roadway and parking lot lighting, according to Roger MacIsaac, director of community and economic development for the town of Amherst. The fixtures used in the pilot are from LED Roadway, a manufacturer of LED streetlights based in Amherst.
Along with the move to LED technology, the town of Amherst will be assuming ownership of the town’s streetlights, which are currently owned, maintained and operated by Nova Scotia Power. Currently Amherst pays a flat rate for its 1,200 streetlights based on each fixture’s wattage. Nova Scotia Power is reviewing usage data from metered lights in the LED streetlight pilot which will result in a revised rate structure to reflect the reduced energy consumption of LED luminaires.
City officials will be conducting a competitive bid for the project with a request for proposals (RFP) expected within several days. The RFP will solicit bids for approximately 1,100 roadway lights 80 parking lot lights. “Product warranty and maintenance are very important criteria for us as we review bids,” said MacIsaac. The RFP will be available on the town of Amherst website on June 24, 2010.