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LED Streetlight Upgrade Delivers Major Savings to Three Neighboring Towns

July 18, 2014

Three towns along Ontario’s Highway 11 are upgrading their streetlights to energy-efficient light emitting diodes (LED) this month. Installation crews are replacing the streetlights in Mattice Val-Côté, Opasatika, and Val Rita-Harty during the weeks of July 14 and July 21. Together, the three townships have 183 streetlights that will be upgraded and will deliver an average reduction of 64% in streetlight energy bills.

The towns will also see a significant decrease in energy needed to power their streetlight systems. Electrical consumption is expected to drop by an average of 62% among the three communities and they are each expecting up to 80% savings in maintenance costs since LEDs last three to five times longer than the existing streetlights.  The three projects have been proposed and designed by Ontario’s Local Authority Services (LAS) and RealTerm Energy using new LED fixtures from CREE Canada, one of the world’s leading LED manufacturers.

“These three towns have more in common than Highway 11, they each demonstrated to us their commitment to reducing energy use and saving on energy costs for the future of their communities,” said Sean Neely, RealTerm Energy president. “When a township makes that commitment, we simply work to help make it a reality in a way that’s easy for the township.”

The initial visible differences in the upgrade to LED fixtures are the clear white light they produce as well as their ability to better target beams onto the streets and roadways. Both these characteristics of LEDs help improve visibility and safety in addition to reducing light pollution. More than 50 other Ontario municipalities have upgraded to LED streetlight systems with LAS and RealTerm Energy including Kapuskasing and Cochrane, which both are also neighbors on Highway 11.

    Mattice Val-Côté     Opasatika     Val Rita-Harty  
Total number of streetlights8944  50
Estimated municipal energy cost savings per year    66%64%61%
Electrical consumption savings65%62%60%         

Total greenhouse gas reduction (over LEDs life)  Combined total energy savings (from 3 municipalities)= 94 850 kWh.  That’s the equivalent of the carbon removed by 53.6 acres of forest in a year. 

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