The city of Rochester, Minnesota, is poised to initiate a significant LED streetlight installation project on city roadways. The proposed project is intended to replace up to 300 to 400 existing 175 watt mercury vapor streetlights with LED streetlight fixtures. The project is funded by an award of $180,000 from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program combined with a 20% funding match from the municipal utility, Rochester Public Utility (RPU). RPU has budgeted a total of approximately $225,000 in funds for the purchase and installation of the new LED streetlights.
“The city of Rochester has installed LED fixtures in other areas of the city as part of streetscape and gateway projects,” said Tony Benson, communications coordinator for Rochester Public Utilities. The utility hopes to build on the energy and maintenance cost savings of the city’s first energy efficient lighting experiences with the latest project. “Based on initial tests of selected fixtures, we expect energy savings to be about 500-612 kw/H per year,” said Benson.
A request for proposals (RFP) was issued on January 20, 2011 and bids must be submitted by Tuesday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. to RPU offices. Bid documents can be viewed here.