The city of Santa Maria, California, recently announced the deployment of its second, and largest, installation of LED streetlights. The upcoming project, done in partnership with energy provider Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), encompasses the installation of over 5,600 new LED streetlights on Santa Maria roadways.
“We previously installed approximately 450 LED streetlights on the state highway in Santa Maria. These LED fixtures replaced existing low pressure sodium vapor streetlights,” said Dave Whitehead, director of public works and city engineer for the city of Santa Maria. The upcoming project includes the purchase and installation of approximately 5,600 LED streetlights through the PG&E turnkey program. The LED fixtures which will be installed are manufactured by Cree Lighting of Wisconsin. The project is targeted for completion by the end of September 2013.
The upcoming project is funded through a loan from the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) low interest loan program. The 1 percent interest loan, plus PG&E rebates, have a calculated payback of about 8.2 years, according to Mark van de Kamp, management analyst for the city of Santa Maria. “We also expect to see annual energy cost savings of about $200,000 per year, plus reduced maintenance costs for the new fixtures,” said van de Kamp.
“In addition to installing energy efficient streetlights, this project will also help the city reconcile its inventory of streetlights,” said Whitehead. As a result of the latest installation, the city will have effectively replaced all of its existing inventory of streetlights with energy efficient solid-state technology. Currently, the only streetlights not targeted for replacement are about 200 decorative streetlights located in newer subdivisions. There are no immediate plans to replace those streetlights.