The city of Wichita Falls, Texas has started the process of installing of LED streetlight fixtures on the city’s roadways. Last week, crews installed 200 fixtures as part of a 1,436 LED streetlight fixture installation which is scheduled for completion in spring 2011. The project is funded by a $777,000 grant from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. Following a competitive bid, Wichita Falls transportation officials selected LED streetlight fixtures from GreenStar Products, a Texas manufacturer, and Lighting Science Group, a company based in Florida.
According to city officials, fifteen vendors met the bid specifications of the request for proposals (RFP) and provided LED streetlight fixtures for field testing and evaluation. “Our department did extensive field testing of the submitted fixtures. Our intention was to give every manufacturer an attempt to show us how their product performed in our local conditions,” said John Burrus, director of transportation for the city of Wichita Falls. The results of the field test were presented to the city council, along with the recommendation to purchase LED fixtures from GreenStar and Lighting Science Group, and are available here.
Initially, city officials planned on purchasing 1,000 LED streetlights, but as fixture prices continued to decrease, Wichita Falls was able to add nearly 500 fixtures to the original installation estimate. “The prices of LED streetlight fixtures have dropped considerably, and with this in mind, we hope to continue purchasing fixtures with our realized energy savings,” said Burrus. Calculations indicate that the city will save about $86,000 per year in energy costs for streetlighting. Burrus hopes to apply the savings to purchase additional fixtures over time.