The city of Baldwin City, Kansas, seeks bids for a pilot installation of LED streetlights.
The project is funded by a $100,000 prize which the city was awarded as part of the state of Kansas’s “Take Charge Challenge.” The competition encouraged cities to focus on reducing energy consumption throughout their communities through energy audits and a switch to energy efficient lighting. Baldwin City will use a portion of the award to install approximately 83 LED streetlight fixtures, including decorative post-top fixtures and cobrahead fixtures.
“This is our city’s first installation of LED streetlights, and we are using it as a pilot to assess the technology,” said Don Swartz, energy manager for the city of Baldwin City. City officials have been working with Relume Technologies, of Oxford, Michigan, on a custom prototype decorative LED fixtures which can be used as a replacement for the downtown area’s existing Holophane Memphis metal halide streetlights. City crews have installed and are evaluating the prototype fixture prior to awarding the bid. Plans include the purchase and installation of 44 Relume fixtures.
Thirty-nine cobrahead LED fixtures are targeted for installation on the city’s main thoroughfares. Existing high pressure sodium (HPS) cobrahead fixtures will be replaced with a Philips, or approved equivalent, LED streetlight fixture.
“The streetlights in Baldwin City are metered, so this pilot program will give us a very accurate comparison of the new fixtures compared to the existing fixtures in terms of energy savings and energy efficiency,” said Swartz. As a municipal utility, the city will realize savings from the reduced energy consumption of the LED fixtures almost immediately. According to Swartz, the city hopes to pursue additional installations of cobrahead LED streetlights in the future.
Completed bids must be submitted to the City of Baldwin City, Kansas by April 10, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. An overview of the bid can be found here. Complete bid documents may be obtained from the city.