Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation, along with the City of Indianapolis will submit an agreement for converting the city’s street lights to LEDs. The power company and the city are seeking approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) for the plan in which IPL will retrofit more than 27,000 high-pressure sodium (HPS) street lights to LED technology.
Under the terms of the agreement, the city will foot the bill for all of the up-front costs of converting the street lighting to LED technology. The charge will ultimately be paid for by Indianapolis taxpayers. The city intends to use the up-front contribution to more quickly start saving the city annually for street lighting service compared to the less efficient and less reliable HPS lights that the project will replace.
Agreement Creates Long-Term Street Lighting Plan for Indianapolis
The agreement provides funding for the largest LED street light conversion so far in Indiana. The project will benefit the city and its residents with reduced energy consumption for street lighting and longer fixture life. Through the agreement, IPL and the City of Indianapolis have created a long-term street lighting plan.
In addition to the conversion announcement at a press conference last Wednesday, IPL president and CEO Rafael Sanchez reported the findings of a street light study that the utility commissioned to aid all municipalities within IPL’s service territory in determining the placement of new street lights.
“This is a major transformation for our city and IPL wants to ensure that all neighborhoods and communities benefit from the advantages that sufficient lighting can provide, such as greater safety and an improved quality of life,” said Sanchez. “By securing the agreement with the City and completing the street light study, we are making significant strides and tremendous progress toward a brighter, more efficient future for everyone we serve.”
The street light study, conducted by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute (PPI), identified the most useful metrics that neighborhood and city officials, as well as civic executives, recognize such as pedestrian traffic, crime, populations with disabilities, and households with limited vehicle access.
The plan is subject to IURC and City-County Council approval. IPL and the city expect to begin the three-year street light conversion project during the first part of 2018.