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New LED Streetlights Coming to The Nation Municipality

June 15, 2015

The Nation, ON — Soaring electricity prices led The Nation Municipality to upgrade to energy-efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights and reduce the use of electrical consumption for streetlights by an expected 67%. Installation of the 726 fixtures begins this week and residents will soon notice their clear, white light improving visibility and community safety.

 

The new LED system will also greatly reduce maintenance costs by 80%. LEDs last 3 to 5 times longer than traditional streetlights − over 20 years − and they only begin to dim during the end of their lifespan rather than completely burning out. “In addition to the energy costs, we were replacing bulbs frequently adding to the cost of operating the streetlight systems. The operating cost savings of LED streetlights is very impressive”, explained Mary McCuaig, CAO/Clerk. Lower energy consumption and maintenance also mean reducing the environmental footprint and the amount of material to be recycled.

 

The Nation Municipality’s Council chose Local Authority Services (LAS) and its partner RealTerm Energy to assess its existing streetlight network, create an energy efficient and cost-effective street lighting design, and coordinate the purchase of the new LED fixtures from CREE Canada, one of the world’s leading LED manufacturers. “We attended a symposium offered by LAS on the streetlights program and were able to discuss with other municipalities who had upgraded to LED streetlights and who were pleased with their experience and the success of their project”, continued Mary McCuaig.  

 

To date, over 115 municipalities have chosen RealTerm Energy and LAS to lead their LED streetlight upgrade including Arnprior, North Grenville and North Frontenac.

 

The Nation Municipality Project Overview

Total number of fixtures

726

Electrical consumption savings

67%

Greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction over life of luminaire

1,009 metric tonnes over lifetime of LEDs – the equivalent of the GHG removed by more than 25,872 tree seedlings grown for ten years.

 

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