The city of San Jose, California, will receive $215,000 in Community Development Block Grants in late 2009 to convert 150 low pressure sodium (LPS) streetlights to “smart” LED streetlights. The funds will be used to convert streetlights in low– or moderate-income neighborhoods.
San Jose has already received $2 million in Federal Recovery Act funds under the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The EECBG funded project will convert 1,500 existing LPS streetlights to a smart LED streetlight system. The smart LED streetlights can be remotely controlled and dimmed. The neighborhoods targeted under this program will most likely be special districts and the roadways will most likely be major arteries.
San Jose has 62,000 existing streetlights which consume approximately $4 million of electricity annually. Through its streetlight conversion project, the city estimates cost savings of about $130,000 annually. Six current projects involve the installation of over 2,000 LED streetlights. Two of the projects have been completed, two are in process, and two will be launched in late 2009.
The federally funded projects run concurrently with San Jose’s Streetlight Master Plan, in which the city is assessing multiple strategies for funding the retrofit of an additional 26,000 streetlights. The conversion cost estimated by the city for the larger program is approximately $14 million.
The city of San Jose is planning to hold public demonstrations of subjective and objective evaluations of its newly deployed LED streetlights in January 2010.