The town of Cary, North Carolina, already a leader in adopting energy efficient solid-state technology for streetlighting, has embarked on an ambitious plan to install 8,000 LED streetlights on municipal roadways. The project, done in partnership with energy provider Progress Energy, will replace the majority of the city’s streetlights with LED streetlight fixtures. The LED streetlights selected for the installation are manufactured by American Electric Lighting (Acuity Brands) of Granville, Ohio.
In 2010, Cary received a grant from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program for a pilot installation of LED streetlights. Improved quality of LED streetlight fixtures and decrease in price continues to motivate municipalities to switch to these fixtures.
“The installation of LED streetlights will take place on a variety of city roadways, including residential, collectors and thoroughfares,” said Kyle Hebert, senior engineer for the town of Cary. The streetlights targeted for replacement are existing cobrahead streetlights. The streetlights not scheduled for replacement are decorative and 50,000 lumen fixtures. “The town expects to realize savings of approximately $200,000 per year once the installation is complete,” said Hebert. The town currently budgets $1.75 million for its streetlights. Cary elected to continue leasing its streetlights from Progress Energy, which means that Progress Energy will furnish the streetlight fixtures, supply power and provide maintenance of the streetlights. The installation is expected to take about one year.