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New LED Streetlights Will Save Hamilton Township 64% On Energy Costs Each Year

April 06, 2015

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Escalating maintenance costs associated with an aging infrastructure and a constant search for more innovative, energy-efficient programs prompted the Township of Hamilton to upgrade to new light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights. Installation to replace the current 392 fixtures begins this week and will help the Township save 64% in electrical consumption and 80% in maintenance costs. The LED upgrade is one of the many initiatives this proactive Township explored in order to improve energy efficiency and be more environmentally conscious.

 

Hamilton Township’s Council chose Local Authority Services (LAS) and its partner RealTerm Energy to assess its existing street light network, create an energy efficient and cost-effective street lighting design, and coordinate the purchase of the new LED lights from CREE Canada, one of the world’s leading LED manufacturers. “A major infrastructure project like this can consume a great deal of staff time and resources. A turn-key program with no upfront costs was the perfect fit for us, and it allows us to focus on other key initiatives for the Township”, said Doug Thompson, Director of Public Works & Infrastructure. “Our existing infrastructure is old and the maintenance costs associated with it continued to rise. This conversion represents a timely option for the Township”.

 

In addition to energy savings, LED fixtures provide a more targeted light to streets and roadways that improves visibility and safety and also helps reduce light pollution. In the last 12 months, more than 100 Ontario municipalities have chosen RealTerm Energy and LAS to lead their LED streetlight upgrade including Cramahe, Douro-Dummer and Northumberland.

 

Quick Project Overview

 

Total number of fixtures

392

Electrical consumption savings

64%

Greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction over life of luminaire

432 metric tons over lifetime of LEDs – the equivalent of the GHG removed by more than 11,077 tree seedlings grown for ten years.

 

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