As part of its goal of energy efficiency and conservation, the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), Nova Scotia, has received and committed significant funding toward a large scale LED streetlight replacement project. Sources for the full C$1.8 million estimated budget are municipal funding, an award of C$918,807 from the ecoNova Scotia fund for clean air and climate change projects, and C$150,000 from Nova Scotia Power. HRM officials expect to replace 2,208 fixtures using the C$1.8 million.
HRM successfully ran and tested an LED streetlight pilot project with the assistance of the government of Nova Scotia and LED Roadway, a regional manufacturer of LED streetlights. This deployment of 300 LED fixtures, which began last fall, has demonstrated energy savings of approximately 53% over existing high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights.
Of the approximately 40,000 streetlights in HRM, about 14,000 are municipally owned. The second phase of streetlight replacement will target only the municipally owned fixtures and the project will be located primarily in the Halifax area of HRM. LED fixtures will be used to replace existing 150 watt and 250 watt HPS streetlights.
“We would like to start the project as soon as possible. In fact, we are hopeful that our target completion date will be November 2010,” said Angus Doyle, manager, utilities coordination for HRM. Provincial guidelines stipulate that the project must be completed by March 2011, but city officials would prefer to complete the project before the onset of winter.
According to Doyle, a request for proposals (RFP) has been drafted and is scheduled for release by the end of this week. RFPs are publicized on the HRM website.