LED Street Lights Will Cut Energy Consumption by 61%

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City of West Richland, Washington Partners with Ameresco to Install LED Street Lights with Wireless Controls

Ameresco, August 12, 2015. Image credit: sa_lm

Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced today that it has completed an LED street lighting and control project for the City of West Richland, WA. The project team converted 1,097 high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights to energy efficient LED luminaires and installed a wireless monitoring and control system. The new LED street lights are expected to reduce the system’s annual electricity consumption by 61 percent, saving the City approximately $67,000 in energy costs per year.  Under an agreement with the City’s electric utility, Benton Rural Electric Authority (REA), the lighting control system will enable the City to implement dimming strategies projected to reduce energy use by an additional 10 to 20 percent.

The cost of the project is budget-neutral to the City. Funding is partially provided through local grants, including an energy efficiency grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce of $281,937, and utility incentives from BREA totaling $195,000. The balance is financed for 12-years through the WA State Treasurer Local Option Capital Asset Lending program, and paid for through savings.

The amount of the CO2 emissions reduction is approximately 527,481 pounds annually, which is the equivalent of removing 50 passenger cars from the road each year.

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