The city of Kerman, California, expects to launch a full scale replacement of all city-owned streetlights with LED streetlight fixtures before the end of 2011. The city’s streetlight conversion efforts will be funded by an award of $72,000 from US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program and a $202,000 low interest loan from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The combined funds will enable the city of Kerman to replace all 718 city-owned streetlights with the energy efficient LED fixtures.
“The funding we received will enable us to replace all city-owned streetlights. We expect the pay off the CEC loan in about eight years just from energy cost savings,” said Ken Moore, public works director for the city of Kerman. The city will use the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) turnkey program for the purchase of LED streetlights. “The package that PG&E has prepared for us will most likely include LED fixtures manufactured by BetaLED,” said Moore. The city of Kerman has joined with neighboring communities to combine resources to increase purchasing power.
The project installation has a planned start date of late December 2011 and is scheduled for completion by March 2012. The city will replace high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights ranging from 70 watts to 150 watts with equivalent LED fixtures. Based on manufacturer data, the LED streetlights will reduce energy consumption by approximately 50 percent resulting in annual savings of about $26,000.