The city of Marysville, California, has received approval for an additional round of funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The CEC recently reported that unspent funds earmarked for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) projects were available. Municipal applicants were evaluated on a first come, first-served basis. Marysville will receive $447,790.
“We plan on replacing all remaining streetlight fixtures which were not previously converted to LED streetlights in our first round of EECBG funding,” said David Lamon, manager of public works for the city of Marysville. In the first phase of streetlight replacement, the city replaced 179 existing cobrahead streetlights with LED fixtures manufactured by BetaLED/Cree of Sturtevant, Wisconsin. The city currently owns and operates about 1,181 streetlights.
“Two years ago we turned off about 50 percent of our streetlights in order to save money. With this second phase of replacements, because the energy savings are so significant over the existing technology, we will be able to turn on all of our streetlights,” said Lamon. Energy consumption is expected to be reduced by nearly fifty percent resulting in annual energy savings of about $45,000.
A competitive bid has been issued for the purchase of the LED streetlight fixtures. A separate bid for the removal of existing streetlights and installation of new streetlight fixtures is expected to be released shortly. Installation of the LED fixtures is expected to begin in June 2012.