The town of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, will soon deploy its first installation of LED streetlights. The project will be used as a pilot study for town officials to test and evaluate energy efficient streetlighting technology in collaboration with South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G). Funding of $500,000 for the purchase and installation of the LED streetlights is from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.
“This installation is focused primarily on older residential areas in Mount Pleasant. Our goal is to replace about 350 existing mercury vapor streetlights in these neighborhoods,” said Kiera Reinertsen, planner for the town of Mount Pleasant. The majority of the existing streetlights are decorative post top and acorn-style. Approximately 89 of the streetlights targeted for replacement are cobraheads. Because of environmental regulations, the mercury vapor fixtures were slated for replacement in the near future, making them an ideal starting point for the town’s project, according to Reinertsen. “SCE&G will evaluate the LED fixtures and ultimately develop a rate structure for the energy efficient streetlights,” said Reinertsen.
Town and utility officials will evaluate the results of the pilot program and potentially work toward developing a longer term plan for adopting LED technology. “We will meter streetlights to test actual energy consumption and use that information to evaluate future installations,” said Reinertsen. The town of Mount Pleasant anticipates issuing a Request for Proposals within the next several weeks.