The city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has issued a solicitation of bids for the city’s first LED streetlight installation. The energy efficient technology will help the city achieve its goals of reducing costs and energy consumption. The city has already successfully converted traffic signals to LED technology resulting in significant savings. The current solicitation seeks bids to supply 66 LED streetlight fixtures to replace existing 250 watt high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights on the city’s roadways. The project is funded by a $37,896 grant from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The EECBG grant is locally administered by the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.
The upcoming installation is being used as demonstration project for LED efficiency. According to the city of Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Energy Management Plan, the new LED streetlights will save the city approximately $10,000 per year. The city currently budgets about $1.5 million per year for the city’s streetlights, which includes energy costs and maintenance. The city’s long term goals include ongoing energy efficient projects which, based on funding availability, may include additional LED streetlight installations.
Complete project specifications and project descriptions are available in the bid document. Included among the LED fixture descriptions are specifications for correlated color temperature of 4,500 ±500K, a color rendering index of ≥ 70, commercial availability of the LED fixture which is in use by at least three agencies, and the requirement that LM-79 and LM-80 reports for each submitted fixture be provided to the city of Cedar Rapids. The successful bidder may be required to submit a sample for testing prior to beginning installation. Completed bids must be submitted to the city of Cedar Rapids by August 11, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. CDT. Complete bid and project specifications can be found here.