The city of Fairbanks, Alaska, has initiated plans for a new, large-scale installation of LED streetlights. The proposed project will involve approximately 800 new LED streetlight fixtures. The LED fixtures will replace existing high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights. The project has an estimated value of $1 million and is funded through the Federal Highway Administration.
“We plan to start the installation of the new LED streetlights this summer,” said Jeff Organek, engineering manager for the Alaska Department of Transportation. The city expects to issue a request for proposals (RFP) in June or July 2012, and the RFP will be advertised on the Department of Transportation website.
The cities of Fairbanks and neighboring North Pole installed nearly two thousand LED streetlights during a 2009 initiative. This installation resulted in a nearly 70% reduction in energy consumption. The LED fixtures in the first deployment were manufactured by BetaLED/Cree of Sturtevant, Wisconsin.
“This summer’s project will focus on the urban areas of Fairbanks and North Pole,” said Organek. No fixtures will be specified in the bid document, instead, performance specifications will be utilized. The city of Fairbanks was responsible for the design of the project and will produce the plans and specifications, according to Organek. Bid documents are expected by summer 2012.