The city of Gothenburg, Nebraska is a confirmed recipient of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) to be used for the installation of four hundred fifty LED streetlights. The EECBG award, funded by the US Department of Energy, is in the amount of $206,080. The city of Gothenburg is providing matching funds of $51,520. The LED streetlight deployment, which will be located primarily in Gothenburg’s residential areas, is expected to be initiated in Winter 2010.
The city of Gothenburg will replace nearly all of its existing roadway streetlight fixtures using the federal and local funding awards. The majority of the city’s existing streetlights are 150 watt and 250 watt high pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures. “These HPS fixtures will be replaced with LED streetlights using lower wattage but having equivalent light output,” said Bruce Clymer, city administrator for the city of Gothenburg.
In anticipation of the upcoming full scale streetlight replacement project, Gothenburg utility officials conducted a small pilot to test LED streetlight technology. The test included four LED fixtures from manufacturer EcoFit. According to city officials, initial evaluations showed a highly favorable response from the community and municipal officials. Early test results showed that the city will reduce its streetlights’ energy consumption by nearly 60 percent.
“We anticipate issuing a request for proposals in September when we finalize our project with the Nebraska Energy Office,” said Clymer. The RFP will be announced in the Gothenburg newspaper.