The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU), an organization which serves over 500 municipal utilities in Iowa, has been actively working with its member organizations to promote the implementation and use of energy efficient LED streetlights.
A significant number of IAMU member communities were recipients of federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds, which are locally administered by the Iowa Office of Energy Independence. To maximize purchasing power, the IAMU is assisting interested member communities in combining grant awards for the purchase of 1,154 LED streetlights.
After a competitive bid, the IAMU selected Leotek Electronics, of Milpitas, California, as the supplier of LED streetlights. Leotek will supply 100 watt, 150 watt and 200 watt equivalent LED fixtures. The streetlights will be installed by directly by each municipality. The goal of the program was to consolidate purchasing among members, and provide reduced prices through economies of scale. “We are pleased to offer our members great savings on LED fixtures,” said Jonathan Roberts, IAMU services engineer.
The fifteen Iowa communities participating in the program are: Afton, Algona, Anita, Anthon, Auburn, Earlville, Graettinger, Greenfield, Montezuma, Rock Rapids, Rockford, Sergeant Bluff, Stafford, Tipton, and Westfield. Purchase and installation of the new LED streetlights is expected in May 2012.