The city of Oxford, Nova Scotia, Canada, expects to start an LED streetlight conversion project this fall. The project involves the purchase and installation of 240 LED streetlights which will replace existing high pressure sodium (HPS) and mercury vapor streetlights, and is expected to begin by early November 2011.
The Oxford LED streetlight program involves the conversion of all municipal streetlight fixtures to LED streetlight fixtures. The city awarded the project to C-Vision, a Nova Scotia-based manufacturer of LED streetlights. C-Vision’s president is also the CEO and president LED Roadway Lighting, Ltd., which is also based in Nova Scotia.
“We did not run a pilot to test LED fixtures, but we knew that the conversion would save the town a substantial amount of money in terms of energy cost savings,” said Darrell White, chief administrative officer for the town of Oxford, Nova Scotia. The town currently spends approximately C$45,000 per year to pay for the energy costs associated with HPS streetlights.
Initial calculations indicate that following the 240 fixture installation, total energy costs will be about C$7,000 – 8,000 per year. Oxford purchases its power from Nova Scotia Power, an Emera Company. Nova Scotia Power is also heavily involved in converting the streetlights owned and operated by the utility, based on recent legislation in the province which stipulates that all of the province’s streetlights must eventually be converted to LED fixtures.
The town of Oxford primarily funded its upcoming streetlight project using internal funding. However, the town did qualify for a small grant from Efficiency Nova Scotia, an independent organization responsible for helping Nova Scotia reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency. The town expects to receive approximately C$24,000 in grants.