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Elizabethtown-Kitley Lights the Way to Sustainability and Savings

November 04, 2015

Elizabethtown-Kitley, ON — Starting Wednesday, November 4, the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley will begin upgrading its streetlight system to energy-efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights. The project will replace all of the Township’s 233 cobra head streetlights. The municipality will benefit from a 62% reduction in energy consumption because LEDs require far less electricity than the lights they are replacing. The upgrade will also help reduce maintenance costs by up to 80% since LEDs last four times longer than the current streetlights.

 

Elizabethtown-Kitley’s Municipal Council authorized Local Authority Services (LAS) and its partner RealTerm Energy to assess the existing street light network, create an energy efficient and cost-effective lighting design, and then coordinate the purchase of the new LED lights from CREE Canada, one of the world’s leading LED manufacturers. “The Township Council is always striving to save taxpayer dollars and with this partnership with RealTerm Energy and LAS there will be ongoing savings in hydro costs across the Township,” said Mayor Jim Pickard. 

 

In addition to being energy-efficient, LEDs provide a white, clean directional light that shines light downward onto the road where it is needed, reducing light pollution and increasing visibility and community safety. Upgrading to LEDs will also improve the Township’s environmental impact by annually reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 8 metric tonnes, the equivalent of the carbon removed by 205 tree seedlings grown for ten years.

 

To date, more than 130 Ontario municipalities have chosen to upgrade to LED street lighting with LAS and RealTerm Energy including Merrickville-Wolford, Gananoque and Barrie.

 

Project Overview

Total number of streetlights

233

Electricity consumption reduction

62%

Estimated Annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction

8 metric tonnes - the equivalent of the GHG removed by 205 tree seedlings grown for ten years.

 

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