Maine municipalities make energy- and cost-savings with LED conversion

On average the projects are saving the municipalities almost 70 per cent in annual kWH hours and reducing consumption by more than 2.3 million kWh annually.

Smart lighting company, RealTerm Energy, has partnered with the municipalities of Biddeford, Dover-Foxcroft, Falmouth, Grand Isle, Mount Desert, South Portland and Wells in the state of Maine to convert their high-intensity discharge streetlights to LED technology.

On average, it claims that these projects are collectively saving the municipalities 67 per cent in annual kWh (kilowatt-hours) and reducing their energy consumption by over 2.3 million kWh annually, equivalent to eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions produced by 345 cars per year. In addition to reducing their carbon footprint, these municipalities will be saving nearly $1 million in yearly energy costs.

Customised design

RealTerm Energy worked with the communities to remove existing fixtures and install the new technology by providing customised lighting designs and supporting the municipalities in the selection of their new LED light fixtures based on products that best suited their needs.

RealTerm Energy also offered financing and ongoing maintenance options.

RealTerm Energy has also managed the city-wide deployments of smart lighting controls for the municipalities of Biddeford, Falmouth, Grand Isle, South Portland, and Wells. The streetlights can be paired with networked controllers to allow for future deployment of other smart city applications.

“We encourage other Pine Tree State towns to consider this energy-saving and environmentally conscious move toward LED street lighting”

“RealTerm Energy provided us with an impressive and complete turn-key programme. It included customised lighting design to ensure optimal light distribution, improved safety and resident comfort.

“It is a win for all involved and we encourage other Pine Tree State towns to consider this energy-saving and environmentally conscious move toward LED street lighting,” urged Terry Helms, town official, Selectman Town of Grand Isle, Maine.

RealTerm Energy has designed, procured, installed or is in the process of installing over 250,000 streetlights across North America and has worked with over 30 municipalities across the state of Maine. It supports municipalities in becoming smart city-ready through the MyTown, smart city app and municipal asset management platform.

The app has been developed for small and medium-sized municipalities and facilitates a two-way communication between citizens and their local governments.