The city of Lafayette, California, seeks energy efficient lighting for its downtown business corridor. City officials are considering LED streetlights as well as induction streetlights for a deployment of decorative post-top fixtures. The city has issued two requests for proposals (RFPs) which solicit bids for the two different streetlight technologies. Funding for the project is through an award from the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.
The Lafayette Department of Public Works is currently evaluating both LED and induction streetlights in a small pilot project located in the proposed installation area. The LED fixture is a 90 watt equivalent decorative fixture manufactured by Philips Lumec and the induction fixtures are 85 watt and 150 watt streetlights supplied by Tanko Lighting of San Francisco, California. The purpose of the pilot is to evaluate the two technologies in a field installation. The fixtures will be operating 24 hours per day for the next several weeks. Only city-owned streetlights are targeted for replacement in the upcoming installation.
“Based on the responses to the RFPs, the city council will choose which technology we will end up installing,” said Jay Yu, an official with the Lafayette department of public works. The city is eligible to participate in the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) rebate program for energy efficient lighting if the final installation includes streetlight fixtures listed on the utility’s approved list of streetlights. This includes rebates as well as a revised tariff for energy efficient streetlights.
The deadline for bids is Friday, December 17, 2010, and documentation is available on the City of Lafayette website.