Marysville, California, turns off streetlights to save money and switches to LED streetlights
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
By New Streetlights staff
In a dramatic move to cut costs, the city of Marysville, California, has turned off nearly fifty percent of the city’s streetlights. This effort to save money means that streetlights in residential as well as business districts have been turned off, and it is uncertain if they will ever be returned to use. However, there are approximately six hundred operational streetlights remaining and they are slated to be replaced with new LED luminaires. The city of Marysville has been approved for a $69,804 grant from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. This grant is locally administered by the California Energy Commission (CEC). City officials hope to install up to two hundred LED streetlight fixtures under this program.
City officials plan on utilizing additional funding sources, including a loan program from energy supplier Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), to fund the replacement of the remaining four hundred streetlight fixtures.
“Our goal is to retrofit around six hundred city-owned streetlights with LED luminaires, and we hope to do this within one year,” said David Lamon, city services director for the city of Marysville. The city will receive rebates from PG&E for using a fixture on the PG&E approved manufacturer list, as well as a revised rate tariff to reflect the reduced energy consumption of the LED fixtures.
A request for proposals (RFP) for the purchase of the LED fixtures has already closed, but the award has not yet been announced. An additional RFP for the labor and installation of the fixtures is scheduled for release in early October 2010. The city council will approve this award.