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New LED Streetlights Shine the Way to Energy Savings

November 09, 2015

Wasaga Beach, ON – Installation is in progress in the Town of Wasaga Beach to upgrade the current street light system to improve lighting quality and provide significant energy efficiency and cost savings.  The project will replace all of the Town’s 3,012 streetlights and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

 

The total cost of the project is approximately $2.46 million, with an estimated annual cost savings of $211,000, inclusive of electricity and maintenance.

 

The upgrade will help reduce streetlight electricity consumption by 63% and cut streetlight maintenance costs by approximately 80%, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the Town by an estimated 96 metric tonnes per year, the equivalent of the carbon removed by nearly 2,500 tree seedlings grown for ten years.

 

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.

 

Wasaga Beach’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.

 

Town of Wasaga Beach Mayor Brian Smith commented that “the Town of Wasaga Beach is cognisant of the importance of energy conservation and efficiency.  Upgrading the current street light system will greatly improve lighting quality for our residents and visitors while providing a cost savings to the municipality.  The Town looks forward to completion of this project and is excited to see the outcome of the new LED lights in our community.”

 

The Town of Wasaga Beach joins more than 130 Ontario municipalities that have chosen to upgrade to LED street lighting with LAS and RealTerm Energy including Barrie, Innisfil and The Blue Mountains.

 

Quick Project Overview

                                                           

Total number of fixtures

3,012

Electricity cost savings

51%

Electricity consumption reduction

63%

Annual greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction

96 metric tons – The equivalent of the carbon removed by 2,462 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

 

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