The city council of Petaluma, California, recently granted final approval to a planned LED streetlight replacement project.
Petaluma plans to replace approximately 130 streetlights. The project will be funded by a grant from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program and is valued at $115,954. Although the city has not actively tested LED streetlight technology in pilots, recently amended city code requires new planned developments to install the energy efficient roadway fixtures.
“We plan to replace as many of our city-owned fixtures as possible on arterial roadways including Washington Street and N. McDowell Boulevard,” said Diane Ramirez, CIP project manager for the city of Petaluma. The project will be implemented through the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) turnkey program. The turnkey program offers municipal customers multiple incentives including rebates on LED fixtures, lower prices for fixtures created by PG&E’s high volume purchasing, and a rate tariff that reflects the lower energy consumption of LED streetlights. Customers are required to choose approved fixtures in order to qualify for the rebates and incentives. “We will probably choose the BetaLED fixture for our city’s project,” said Ramirez.
The majority of Petaluma’s city-owned streetlights are high pressure sodium (HPS), including all of the fixtures targeted for replacement. The HPS fixtures range from 75 watts to 400 watts at signalized intersections. According to industry calculations, the city can expect energy consumption to be reduced by at least 50 percent with the new LED fixtures, which will result in nearly $7,000 in annual energy cost savings. According to Ramirez, the project is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2011. The city currently owns and maintains about 4,000 streetlights.