The city of Menlo Park, California is awaiting a decision by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for a supplemental award to complete the city’s LED streetlight retrofit program. City officials applied for a second funding round of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) awards from the CEC. The CEC has been issuing awards as funding has become available. The city of Menlo Park requested $739,161 which will be used to replace approximately 1,500 existing streetlights with LED streetlight fixtures.
“If we are approved for the EECBG grant, we plan to replace the city’s remaining inventory of streetlights with LED streetlight fixtures,” said Chip Taylor, director of public works for the city of Menlo Park. In the first round of EECBG funding, the city installed about 450 LED streetlights utilizing the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) turnkey program. Fixtures manufactured by BetaLED/Cree of Sturtevant, Wisconsin, were used in the initial installation. “We have had very positive feedback from our citizens, and they especially like the color of the light,” said Taylor.
If the second EECBG application is approved, the city anticipates working directly with PG&E and the turn-key program. “We plan on installing the BetaLED/Cree streetlight fixtures again,” said Taylor. Currently, streetlights in Menlo Park are high pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures. Final energy and maintenance savings calculations have not been completed for the first installation, but city officials anticipate annual savings of about $30,000. Pending funding approval, the second phase of the program is expected to begin around September 2012.