The city of Elgin, Illinois intends to install LED streetlights. According to city officials, the installation is expected to save money and provide better and more environmentally friendly lighting. Aaron Neal, the Public Works superintendent said that the approximately $2.25 million investment would pay for itself in five to six years, according to an article from the Daily Herald of Chicago.
The city says it spends about $900,000 to $1.1 million in electricity costs alone for its streetlights annually. However, rough estimates put savings from an LED Streetlight upgrade at about $400,000 annually.
In addition to energy savings, the city expects to reduce maintenance costs because of the much-improved reliability and the vastly increased lifetimes of LED streetlights compared to the white light emitting metal halide lights that the city uses.
Also, Elgin intends to take advantage of the electric utility, ComEd’s energy efficiency program, which pays a one-time reimbursement cost of $0.70 for each watt reduced with LED replacement.
Pending budget approval, Neal said he plans to seek proposals from vendors by late January for a vendor that will perform a streetlight audit, supply the LED lights, and install them. He said he hopes to start the installation in June or July.