The southern California city of Pomona recently announced that it will receive $1.4 million in Department of Energy stimulus funds for LED streetlight conversion. The city of Pomona plans to convert 1,040 streetlights to the more energy efficient LED luminaires.
This project will be open to competitive bid and a Request for Proposals (RFP) is expected to be issued shortly. Based on the federal stimulus program, a “Buy American” focus is encouraged. A key component of the project will also include a confirmation that the existing pattern of lights will continue to offer safety for traffic flow. The contractor for this project will be expected to provide a turnkey solution that includes luminaire selection and installation.
Meg McWade, Pomona city utilities manager, is hopeful that the success of the initial project will lead to a broader deployment of luminaires in Pomona. After the LED conversion, she expects to see a 40% reduction in energy use which translates to savings for the city and taxpayers. The city anticipates a significant reduction in maintenance costs. Currently, traditional streetlights require replacement about every five years. According to Ms. McWade, “The LED streetlights should require replacement only every eleven years.”