The Pleasanton City Council has approved spending $1.6 million to replace the city's sodium vapor street light fixtures with new light emitting diode (LED) energy efficient lights in the coming year.
The project is part of the city's Climate Action Plan the council adopted last year that includes a range of energy reducing goals, including those related to LED retrofit projects. Once installed, the cost savings can amount to a 60% reduction over current maintenance and electricity costs, according to a study by the Bay Area Climate Collaborative.
San Francisco-based Phoenix Electric Company was the low bidder for the light replacement project with its bid of $1,613,404.24. Five other bids were received, ranging up from the Phoenix bid to $3,922,534. The city engineer's estimate for the project was $2.3 million.
LED lighting is brighter, whiter, longer-lasting and energy efficient, proponents claim. Once installed on 5,464 street light posts, the new lights are anticipated to save the city approximately $200,000 in energy costs a year while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions, said Daniel Smith, director of Pleasanton's Operations Services.
Funding for the project will be through a 1% interest rate loan from the California Energy Commission and a one-time conversion incentive rebate of $354,350 from PG&E.