The town of Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada, has received C$101,573 in provincial funds for the implementation of a comprehensive streetlight replacement program. The award is from ecoNova Scotia, a fund for clean air and climate change projects throughout the province. Town officials intend to replace 234 mercury vapor and high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights with LED fixtures. This installation will complete Berwick’s conversion of its remaining streetlights. An initial pilot installation of sixty LED streetlights was funded by the province of Nova Scotia in partnership with LED Roadway, a local manufacturer of LED streetlights.
“We are eagerly anticipating the savings from reduced maintenance and the reduced energy consumption of LED streetlights,” said Don Regan, superintendent of the Berwick Electric Commission. As one of the few remaining municipal utilities in Nova Scotia, the town will immediately benefit from the lower energy consumption of the LED fixtures. Test results from the initial pilot project indicated that energy consumption was reduced by at least 35%. “Our maintenance savings will be significant because we currently re-lamp our HPS fixtures at least every four or five years,” said Regan, “and we just won’t have that kind of need with LEDs.”
According to Regan, the request for proposals (RFP) is currently available on the Nova Scotia government procurement site. Proposals must be submitted by June 24, 2010. The town of Berwick will evaluate each bid based on a number of factors including price, warranty and specifications.