Following a lengthy delay, the Township of Jackson, New Jersey, has entered into an agreement with utility provider Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) for the purchase and installation of LED streetlights. The contract agreement was approved by Jackson Township officials and representatives of JCP&L. A $464,500 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) award was granted to Jackson Township in October 2009, but unexpected delays resulted in repeated postponement of the project.
“We have done extensive research on the technology and did a comparison of existing installations to help determine the best price for our installation,” said Dan Burke, engineer for the Jackson Township. Plans include the installation of up to 750 new LED streetlight fixtures on township roadways. Officials are still trying to determine the exact inventory of streetlights located throughout the township. Streetlights are owned by JCP&L. “We really need an exact inventory so that we can make an accurate installation choice,” said Burke.
Township officials estimate that Jackson can expect at least $100,000 per year in cost savings associated with streetlighting. The savings encompass both energy and maintenance costs. “The new LED fixtures clearly consume less energy and will require much less maintenance, which will result in equipment and labor savings,” said Burke.