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Grand Valley Upgrades to LED Streetlights

August 24, 2015

Grand Valley, ON – Energy-efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights will soon be reducing streetlight electricity consumption by 66% in the Town of Grand Valley. This drop in energy use will cut the cost of powering streetlights by 50% after the first year with LEDs. The new fixtures will also reduce maintenance costs by 80% because LEDs last four times longer than the Town’s existing streetlights. Installation began today and is expected to be complete by Wednesday.

 

The project was initiated and designed by Ontario’s Local Authority Services (LAS) and RealTerm Energy using new LED streetlights from CREE Canada, one of the world’s leading LED manufacturers.

 

LEDs produce a clear, white light that improves night visibility and community safety. The beams of LEDs are also more targeted than traditional streetlights to light only the streets and roadways, which helps reduce light pollution. LEDs will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 6 metric tons per year, the equivalent of the carbon removed by 154 tree seedlings grown for ten years.

 

To date, over 130 Ontario municipalities have chosen to upgrade to LED street lighting with LAS and RealTerm Energy including Barrie, Minto and Georgina.

 

Quick Project Overview                                   

Total number of fixtures

 143

Annual electricity cost savings

 50%

Annual electricity consumption savings

 66%

Estimated annual greenhouse gas reduction

6 metric tons – the equivalent of the carbon removed by 154 tree seedlings grown for ten years.

 

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