The city of Shasta Lake, California, has received preliminary funding approval from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for the city’s first major installation of LED streetlights. The city requested $475,000 for the proposed installation of energy efficient LED streetlight fixtures. Funds are expected to be available by June 2012 and will be used to replace all of the city’s streetlights.
The CEC began accepting a second round of proposals for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds when it was evident that not all previous grant awards would be utilized. EECBG awards were established and financed by the US Department of Energy. According to the CEC, projects in the second round phase are being evaluated on a first come, first served basis.
“If we receive the EECBG funds, we plan on replacing all of our city streetlights with LED fixtures,” said Jessaca Lugo, program manager for the city of Shasta Lake. The existing fixtures targeted for replacement are 100 watt high pressure sodium (HPS) cobrahead streetlights. The proposed LED streetlights will be 77 watt equivalent fixtures, resulting in energy savings between 30 percent and 50 percent. “Shasta Lake is a municipal utility, so the energy savings will be immediate,” said Lugo.
“We hope to begin have the project award by mid-May so that we can meet EECBG deadlines,” said Lugo. If project funds are received according to the city’s timeline, bid documents will be advertised. Project specifications and bid documents will be posted on the city’s website.