FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 101316
LED Streetlight Retrofit Project Reaches Milestone; Will Save Over $1 Million Annually, Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions
The City of Long Beach has replaced approximately 1,750 high-pressure sodium streetlights with LED streetlights, completing the first phase of a citywide project to save money and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
“By retrofitting the City’s streetlights, we are reducing energy usage and pollution, making neighborhoods safer, and saving millions of dollars,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
Phase One was funded by a $659,000 Port of Long Beach Community Mitigation Grant. Phase Two, which began last month, involves replacing approximately 24,000 high-pressure sodium streetlights with LED streetlights. Phase Two will cost approximately $6.1 million, which will be fully offset in four years by energy savings, along with $3.2 million in utility rebates from Southern California Edison.
LED streetlights have a projected lifespan of 100,000 hours, or 24 years of life when in operation 12 hours per day, meaning projected lifetime savings for the retrofit are estimated to be $15.1 million.
“The reduced energy costs and the increased lifespan of the LED streetlights will have a positive impact on the City’s budget moving forward,” said Craig Beck, Director of Public Works.
The LED rollout is generally starting in the west part of the City, including the Downtown area, and progressing to the east. Approximately 1,600 to 2,000 streetlights are being converted monthly.
According to the Energy Network, the retrofit will save about 9.6 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, reducing Long Beach’s overall energy consumption by almost 10 percent. Reduced carbon emissions associated with the savings are the equivalent to taking 21,000 cars off the road.
The City also partnered with City Light and Power for this project. The LED retrofit project is administered by the Energy Network, a program sponsored by Los Angeles County and authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission in 2012 to achieve energy savings in Southern California.