The city of Riverbank, California, has received funding approval from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for the city’s first major installation of LED streetlights. The city requested $539,614 for the proposed installation of energy efficient LED streetlight fixtures, and $267,000 was granted by the CEC. The project is funded by a grant award from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program and locally administered by the CEC.
“We are in the process of taking a full inventory of our streetlights to determine which are owned by the city. We hope to replace all of our city-owned streetlights with LED fixtures,” said J.D. Hightower, development services director for the city of Riverbank. Initial estimates show that approximately 500 streetlights will be replaced with LED fixtures. “Our existing streetlights are a combination of high pressure sodium and mercury vapor,” said Hightower. The fixtures targeted for replacement range from 75 watts to 200 watts.
The city of Riverbank is working with energy provider Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). The city is utilizing the PG&E turn-key program for the installation which provides purchase, installation and maintenance of LED streetlight fixtures. The turnkey program requires that a municipality choose from a qualified list of manufacturers in order to receive the best price and highest possible rebate from PG&E. “We have chosen to install LED fixtures from BetaLED/Cree,” said Hightower. Installation is scheduled to begin upon completion of the inventory.