The city of Torrington, Connecticut seeks bidders for an LED streetlight installation project. The city has already purchased 522 LED streetlights manufactured by BetaLED, a division of Ruud Lighting of Racine, Wisconsin, and is seeking bids for the removal and disposal of existing high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlight fixtures and the installation of the new LED streetlight fixtures from BetaLED.
Torrington is funding the energy efficient lighting with federal funds, including $149,600 from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The project also involves funds from the federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as well as local funding.
“We are using this installation to evaluate LED technology, and, as a result, determine how much our electrical costs are reduced,” said Ed Fabbri, city engineer for the city of Torrington. Reducing energy costs and energy consumption are the main motivation for the switch to the energy efficient streetlighting technology. City officials thoroughly researched both the technology and manufacturers of LED streetlights before choosing to purchase fixtures manufactured by BetaLED, according to Fabbri. “Once we complete this installation, we will have a chance to see the results. If the cost of LED fixtures continues to decrease, we would be interested in moving forward with additional installations,” said Fabbri.
Bid documents and specifications for the removal of existing HPS streetlights and installation of the new LED fixtures is available from the Office of the Purchasing Agent, 140 Main Street, Room 206, Torrington, CT, 06790. A Notice of Bid, with a brief summary of the project is available here. Completed bids must be submitted to the Office of the Purchasing Agent by June 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.