The City of Seattle, Washington, is close to launching the first phase of a program to replace 40,000 aging residential streetlights with LED streetlights.
The first phase will be implemented in the first quarter of 2010 and will involve 5,000 residential streetlights at a cost of $2 million. City officials are currently writing the RFP and have the goal of issuing the document in mid-February 2010.
The funds for the LED streetlight replacement program come from the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) and matching funds from the City of Seattle.
According to Ed Smalley, Manager of Streetlight Engineering at Seattle City Light (a utility owned by the City of Seattle), the city’s target is to save up to 40% in energy costs and drive significant savings in operations and maintenance costs. Because Seattle City Light is an unregulated, city-owned utility, it has been able to set rates for the new LED streetlight technology that result in greater cost savings for the city.
Smalley indicated that has already been contacted by a significant number of LED streetlight vendors. “The city will be issuing a short list of pre-approved vendors for the first phase of streetlight replacement,” according to Smalley. The list will be published on the Seattle City Light website, and the RFP will be published in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.