The city of Millbrae, California, recently completed its first significant installation of LED streetlights. The project, funded by a $112,630 grant from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, was completed in Spring 2011. The LED fixture chosen by public works officials is manufactured by BetaLED, a division of Ruud Lighting of Racine, Wisconsin. City officials elected to use the turnkey program offered by local utility, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). This program is offered to PG&E customers to consolidate the purchase, installation, rebate, and tariff revision through one vendor.
“In addition to energy cost and streetlight maintenance savings, this project has the additional benefit of reducing greenhouse gases by 36,047 pounds each year,” said Shelly Reider, environmental programs manager for the city of Millbrae. The projected energy savings are 68,791 kwH each year. As a result, the city expects to save approximately $10,000 per year in energy and maintenance costs. Initial studies indicate that the new LED streetlight fixtures will consume between 50%-60% less energy than existing high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights.
“We are currently conducting a city-wide energy efficiency evaluation that includes streetlights. As funding allows, the city is interested in installing energy efficient fixtures in other neighborhoods,” said Reider. The current project is located in the northwest borders of the city of Millbrae and the southeast neighborhood of Bayside Manor.