The city of Providence, Rhode Island, plans to initiate a pilot installation of LED streetlights to test the emerging technology along several city streets. The Rhode Island pilot installation will follow the same format as the Department of Energy’s GATEWAY demonstration program which evaluates LED streetlights in a variety of field installations. The city of Providence is serving as the lead municipality in this regional program which also includes the city of Cranston, Rhode Island. City officials intend to install 44 LED streetlight fixtures in Providence and 37 LED streetlight fixtures in neighboring Cranston. The project is funded by an award from the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.
The intent of the two cities is to test LED streetlight technology and to determine actual energy savings, emissions reductions, and overall public satisfaction with the energy efficient technology. The pilot installation will replace existing 250 watt and 100 watt high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights with LED fixtures which produce equal minimum light output and light distribution as the HPS fixtures. Bid specifications require that LM-79 and LM-80 reports are submitted with the bid documents, along with proof of luminaire evaluation by the DesignLights Consortium. There will be a required walkthrough for all bidders on Tuesday, January 25, at 10:00 a.m. in Providence.
The bid documents are available here. All bids must be submitted by by 2:15 p.m. EST on January 31, 2011, to the Department of the City Clerk, Room 311, at the Providence City Hall.