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Street Light Conversion Project: Going green to save green

June 14, 2016 3:40 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Red Deer’s streets will get a little greener this week as crews begin converting all street lights to the more energy efficient LED (light emitting diode) lamps from HPS (high pressure sodium).

Over the next year, nearly 10,000 street lights will be converted under this program, with approximately 5,500 street lights expected to be retrofitted this year. Crews will begin replacing street lights in North Red Deer and will move south over the next year. Neighbourhoods built after 2011 already have LED street lamps, as well as any street light that has burned out after 2014 was retrofitted with the LED technology.

“Approximately 22 per cent of The City’s total energy use is from street lights and by converting to LED technology we will reduce street light energy consumption by approximately 50 per cent,” said Jim Jorgensen, Electric Light & Power Manager.

Additional benefits include a longer lifespan, overall less maintenance and an improved ability to direct light onto roadways to help minimize light pollution. All materials from HPS street lights that are removed during the conversion will be recycled.

There will be intermittent lane closures throughout Red Deer while this work is underway and parking restrictions in residential areas are required to access each light standard. Residents are asked to watch for red ‘no-parking’ signs, which will be placed a minimum of 12 hours in advance, as per the Traffic Bylaw.

The Street Light Conversion Project is an initiative from The City’s Environmental Master Plan and part of a commitment to reducing light pollution, improving environmental sustainability and reducing The City’s overall environmental footprint. For more information about this project, visit http://www.reddeer.ca/city-services/street-and-traffic-lights/street-and-traffic-lights/led-street-light-replacement-program/

For more information, please contact:

Jim Jorgensen
Electric Light & Power Manager
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8274

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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