The city of Colorado Springs, Colorado, continues to move toward energy efficiency and sustainability with its second installation of LED streetlights. The city’s first deployment of LED streetlights included replacing 370 high pressure sodium and mercury vapor cobra head streetlights with lower watt equivalent solid-state fixtures, resulting in energy savings of approximately 50 percent. The current installation, focused on the downtown area of Colorado Springs, includes the installation of 95 LED streetlights, manufactured by BetaLED/Cree, in Acacia Park and Tejon Street.
The city has calculated energy cost savings from the 370 light pilot to be approximately $25,000, and expects to save an additional $7,500 annually from the new 95 fixture installation. Funding for the larger pilot project came from an award from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The current installation is supported through municipal parking funds. Both installations are using LED streetlight fixtures manufactured by BetaLED/Cree of Sturtevant, Wisconsin. The city of Colorado Springs currently owns and maintains over 25,000 streetlights, with an annual streetlighting budget of about $4 million.
“LED streetlights are perceived as a brighter, whiter, safer light,” said Nick Kittle, city manager of administrative services and innovation, for the city of Colorado Springs. Better light quality and improved illumination also provide an opportunity to increase public safety in the downtown area, according to Kittle. The city plans to continue installing LED streetlights north of the downtown area, with projects planned for the Summer/Fall of 2013.