California Cities Save $60M with Energy Efficient Lighting

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Murrietta, CA became the first of 11 cities in Riverside County to retrofit streetlights to LED. This move reduces light pollution, enhances public safety, and saves $60 million over a 20-year period on reduced energy and maintenance costs.

LED lights use 50% less energy and last 10 times as long as incandescent bulbs.

Here is a snippet of the article by Facility Executive:

Earlier this month, the City of Murrieta, CA became the first of 11 Riverside County cities to obtain ownership of thousands of streetlights that will be retrofit with LED fixtures to minimize light pollution, enhance public safety, and save approximately $60 million in reduced energy and maintenance costs over a 20-year period. The Western Riverside Council of Governments(WRCOG) is working on behalf of the 11 local jurisdictions to facilitate the purchase of streetlights from Southern California Edison (SCE) and retrofit them with 55,000 Current, powered by GE fixtures.

Before and after photo of improved light quality, in addition to resulting energy savings. (Photo: Business Wire)

WRCOG solicited public input from the community on which LED lights were best-suited for the region by creating a demonstration area in the City of Hemet. Guided tours with elected officials, public safety personnel, and local residents featured QR codes on demonstration light poles that revealed survey questions about 12 potential vendor solutions. Based on regional assessment and expert recommendations, Current by GE’s Evolve lights, which feature reflective technology that minimizes glare, were selected for the project.

According to Tyler Masters, WRCOG Program Manager, the Current by GE retrofit will offset the equivalent energy use of 2,000 homes each year.

Photo via Facility Executive

Photo via Facility Executive

See the full article, “California Cities to Save $60M with Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrades.”