The city of Foster City, California, has received preliminary funding approval from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for the city’s second installation of LED streetlights. The city requested $747,939 for the proposed installation of energy efficient LED streetlight fixtures. Funds are expected to be available by June 2012 and will be used to replace all of the city’s boulevard and street roadway fixtures.
In 2011, the city replaced 260 high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights with LED streetlight fixtures manufactured by Beta LED/Cree. This installation resulted in annual energy savings of $18,000.
The success of the 2011 installation motivated city officials to apply for a second round of grant funding from the CEC. Funds are expected to be available from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block grant (EECBG) program.
“If we receive the EECBG award, our goal is to replace all of the city’s existing HPS streetlights on the city’s boulevards and streets with LED streetlights,” said Alan Shu, public works engineer for the city of Foster City. City officials will continue using BetaLED/Cree fixtures, consistent with the previous installation. “We will utilize the Pacific Gas and Electric turn-key program,” said Shu.