The city of San Leandro, California, has completed a competitive bidding process and is prepared to launch its first large scale LED streetlight installation. The city received funds totaling $83,320 from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The EECBG awards are locally administered by the California Energy Commission (CEC). San Leandro is also participating in the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) energy efficient streetlight rebate program.
Initially, city officials hoped to purchase and install up to 150 energy efficient LED streetlight fixtures with the EECBG award and PG&E incentives. However, responses to the competitive bid indicated that suppliers were able to deliver the LED fixtures at a much lower than expected cost. Omega Pacific Electric, the low bidder on the project, will be able to supply the city of San Leandro with 270 LED fixtures within the scope of the city’s budget. The LED streetlight fixtures chosen for the installation are two models of LED streetlights from BetaLED. BetaLED, of Racine, Wisconsin, is a division of Ruud Lighting. Republic ITS, an electrical contractor based in Novato, California, will install the fixtures.
“The city tested several fixtures in a variety of pilots before receiving the EECBG funding,” said Don Brockman, purchasing agent for the city of San Leandro. According to Brockman, the upcoming installation is scheduled to begin by late March 2011 or early April 2011 and will target neighborhoods which are due for streetlighting updates and improved illumination.
A link to preliminary bid results naming companies, fixtures, and pricing on the project is located here.