The city of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is deploying a major streetlighting initiative which includes LED streetlights for all of the city’s new roadway developments. After conducting a through analysis of existing LED streetlight technology and performance metrics, city officials determined that a move to energy efficient, solid-state, streetlighting would best meet goals for reducing energy consumption and reducing costs for operations and maintenance. An Invitation to Bid (ITB) has been issued to solicit responses for a full scale services contract for the purchase, installation, and maintenance of LED streetlights on the city’s upcoming roadway construction projects.
“Out city has installed a small number of LED streetlights in the resort area of Virginia Beach, however, this will be our first initiative to install LED streetlights on a large scale,” said Philip Pullen, transportation division manager for the Department of Public Works for the city of Virginia Beach. Although the exact number of new LED streetlight fixtures has not been determined, projected quantities will be based on approximately fifteen miles of new roadways planned for construction within the next six years. “We have determined the performance criteria for the LED streetlight fixtures, and we plan to only use one product in all future installations,” said Pullen. The LED streetlights which are specified in the bid document include two fixtures from Cooper Lighting, of Peachtree City, Georgia, one fixture from Cree Lighting, or Raleigh, North Carolina, and one fixture from Leotek Electronics, of Milpitas, California. The proposed LED streetlights will be used in place of existing cobrahead high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights.
All of the city’s current streetlights are owned and maintained by Dominion Virginia Power. With a move to LED streetlighting, the city will now install, own, and maintain the new streetlights. “The city currently pays a per fixture price which includes energy costs and maintenance. As we move toward LED streetlighting, we will initially meter the new streetlights to determine actual energy consumption which will then help us negotiate an accurate rate with Dominion,” said Lori Herrick, energy management administrator for the city of Virginia Beach. Actual savings from the switch to LED technology will be determined once energy consumption is calculated and the cost of streetlight operation and maintenance is determined. “Energy cost savings estimates range from 40-60% compared to existing HPS technology. However, it will not be until we meter the new streetlights that exact figures will be available,” said Herrick. In the last fiscal year (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013), the city budgeted $5,780,447 for its streetlighting. This figure includes energy costs as well as maintenance.
An optional pre-bid meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Complete bids must be submitted to the city of Virginia Beach by Friday, November 8, 2013. The complete bid document can be found here.