City business districts will get new LED streetlights
The City of Pittsburgh has received an $816,105 grant from Governor Edward G. Rendell through the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority to convert approximately 3,000 streetlights in 30 neighborhood business districts to energy efficient light-emitting diodes (LED). The grant will fund the first of four phases in the city's efforts to convert all 40,000 streetlights to greener and more inexpensive LED.
"I am extremely thankful and excited that Governor Rendell has funded this very important project that will save taxpayer dollars, reduce our carbon footprint and improve the quality of lighting for our residents," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.
The city operates approximately 40,000 street lights that use roughly 2.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually at a cost of $3.2 million. The Phase 1 conversion will save taxpayers approximately $110,000 per year in reduced energy and maintenance costs.
In August of 2009, a streetlight conversion pilot project was launched in the South Side neighborhood in which several different green technologies were showcased. Residents were asked to pick the streetlight that provided the best quality of light. Of the half-dozen green lighting technologies showcased, residents preferred the LED lights.
The city will work on issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for a vendor to complete the LED conversion. City officials hope to begin work next summer, and will continue to seek funding to convert more streetlights.