Six months after completing the first phase of an LED streetlight installation project, the city of Danville, California, remains satisfied the performance of its new, energy efficient lighting and is actively pursuing funds required to install additional fixtures. The first installation was funded by a grant award of $168,400 from the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The EECBG award is locally administered by the California Energy Commission (CEC). The project involved the installation of two hundred seventy-six LED streetlights.
City engineers chose Camino Tassajero Parkway between Sycamore Valley Road and Crow Canyon Road for the project. This location offered uniform existing streetlights located in the center median. The LED streetlight fixtures installed are manufactured by BetaLED, a division of Ruud Lighting. The city of Danville participated in the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) LED streetlight turnkey program which provides purchase, installation and maintenance of LED streetlight fixtures. The turnkey program requires that a municipality choose from a qualified list of manufacturers in order to receive the best price and highest possible rebate from PG&E.
According to city officials, a large measure of success and satisfaction with the LED streetlight project is due to the fact that installation crews needed to replace only the streetlight fixture, not the entire pole and wiring. “We treated this installation as a maintenance project. We replaced existing lamps and did not require new pole installation,” said Steve Lake, director of development services and city engineer for the city of Danville.
“For our next LED streetlight installation, we are looking at replacing about thirty existing acorn-style streetlight fixtures located in the downtown area,” said Lake. Lake’s current focus is to replace city-owned streetlights, especially in those neighborhoods where existing street light is uniform. The city of Danville has approximately three thousand existing streetlights, of which five hundred are owned by the city, one thousand are jointly owned by the city and PG&E, and one thousand five hundred are owned only by PG&E.