- Conduct a Field Audit
- Design an LED Street Light System
By replacing conventional street lights with energy efficient LED technology, communities can reduce street light energy use by as much as 65 percent, generating cost savings and emission reductions. In addition, street light projects can contribute to creating a well-lit, safer, and more attractive community.
LED street lights last up to 100,000 hours and require much less maintenance than conventional ones. The opportunity to incorporate smart, connected technology such as dimming functions, enhanced law enforcement response, and parking management offers a world of possibilities. Even those communities that do not own their streetlights have options for converting those in their jurisdiction to LED.
Whether your municipality decides to buy LED street lights or lease them from your utility, it is prudent to understand the activities that would go into preparing for street light conversion. In addition to contributing substantially to greenhouse gas reductions, research has demonstrated that LED street lights produce savings of up to 65 percent, which is why interest in conversion is growing exponentially statewide.
Even if your community has started down the path to conversion, new information is available about NYSERDA funding opportunities, relevant Public Service Commission filings, and finance mechanisms.
For further information, please see www.NYstreetlights.org
First of its kind initiative for LED conversion can cut costs by up to 65 percent and decrease greenhouse gas emissions
Announced During Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainable Development and Collaborative Governance Conference
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $790,000 is now available for cities, towns and villages in the Mid-Hudson Region through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to convert streetlights to LEDs. This initiative, which was announced during the Governor’s Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainable Development and Collaborative Governance Conference, is projected to reduce each participating municipality’s electricity costs by up to 65 percent which could result in more than $6 million in energy savings.
The Town of Knox proves that no community is too small to be awarded the title of a NYSERDA Clean Energy Community. When Town Board Member Amy Pokorny learned about the program, she mobilized a group of local volunteers and neighbors to help them achieve the Clean Energy Communities (CEC) designation. The Town has limited staff capacity and a population of fewer than 3,000 residents.
Where there is passion, there is success. Congratulations to the Town of Knox and the volunteers that made it possible: Dee Woessner, Betty Ketcham, Laure-Jeanne Davignon, Robert Price, Rich Weltzin, Debra Nelson, Tara Murphy, Dan Sherman, Vasilios Lefkaditis and Dennis Barber.
Under the program, grants are available to 18 communities in each region of the state. All city, town, village, and county governments, Indian tribes and nations may apply. The grants range in size from $50,000 to $250,000 depending on the community’s population. No local match is required.
The municipalities being recognized by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s Clean Energy Communities Program are:
Under the program, grants are available to 18 communities in each region of the state. All city, town, village, and county governments, tribes, and nations may apply. The grants range in size from $50,000 to $250,000 depending on the community’s population. No local match is required.
These communities join Ulster County, Kingston, Dobbs Ferry, Red Hook, and New Castle, which were previously designated.