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L&P Installing LED Street Lights
(Traverse City, Michigan) —Traverse City Light & Power (L&P) has begun installing 200 energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights on Front Street and Grandview Parkway this week (September 20, 2010), with the goal of installing all lights by January, 2011. The LED lights were purchased through a $250,000 Michigan Energy Efficiency Block Grant awarded to L&P and will replace the existing high-pressure sodium street lights that are currently being used. L&P will be contributing over $200,000 to the project in the form of labor for the light fixture installations and for additional LED light purchases.
LED lights will use half the wattage of the existing lights while providing the same illumination and are expected to last five times longer. The annual expected electricity savings for the 200 lights is over 130,000 kilowatt hours which is equivalent to all the electricity used by twenty-two homes. The installation of the lights will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 195,000 pounds per year.
The grant requires L&P to collect data detailing the energy and cost savings of the LED lights.
The LED project is part of a larger Block Grant awarded to Grand Traverse Countyand the City of Traverse City. The county and city grants are for improving lighting and energy efficiency at their respective facilities.
The grants were part of $17.4 million awarded by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG) to 125 cities, villages, townships and counties to support local energy efficiency projects. The block grants were funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, otherwise known as the Federal Stimulus program.
Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned,
community-focused municipal utility that offers energy at low rates in the region to over 11,000 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.