The towns and communities of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard are embarking on an ambitious plan to replace all of the area’s streetlights with energy efficient LED streetlights by 2014. The initiative was developed by Cape Light Compact (CLC), a public, non-profit advocate for energy efficiency for its member communities. The goal of the program is to replace approximately 14,000 streetlights throughout the twenty one member communities. Once the retrofit is complete, the communities can expect to save over $500,000 annually, according to CLC program manager Kevin Galligan.
The CLC will coordinate the purchase and installation on behalf of each participating town. This will ensure both consistency and economies of scale for the members. Initially only cobrahead streetlights are targeted for replacement, however, research is being done on the economic feasibility of replacing decorative fixtures as well. Project costs will be paid for by the CLC’s energy efficiency program.
The communities which are evaluating the opportunity to convert to LED streetlighting are: Barnstable Fire District (129 streetlights), Bourne (1,164 streetlights), Brewster (103 streetlights), Chatham (556 streetlights), Dennis (2,197 streetlights), Edgartown (288 streetlights), Falmouth (2,588 streetlights), Harwich (1,159 streetlights), Hyannis Fire District (1,314 streetlights), Mashpee (364 streetlights), Oak Bluffs (492 streetlights), Orleans (287 streetlights), Provincetown (427 streetlights), Sandwich (267 streetlights), Truro (236 streetlights) Welfleet (233 streetlights), Yarmouth (2,398 streetlights).
A Request for Proposals (RFP) is scheduled to be issued by July 12, 2013. The RFP will represent all participating member communities and includes an audit of existing streetlights, recommendation of fixture type, procurement of fixtures, installation of fixtures, confirmation of energy savings and billing revisions through NStar Electric, the region’s energy provider. A mandatory pre-bidders meeting is planned for July 30, 2013 or August 1, 2013.