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September 10, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mayor Benjamin D. Florsheim, (860) 638-4801
City of Middletown LED Street Light Conversion Project
Reduction in the carbon footprint of the City’s street lights, and potential cost savings
Middletown, CT – Mayor Benjamin D. Florsheim announces that, on September 14, 2020, the City of Middletown will begin the construction phase of an LED street light conversion project. Approximately 5,000 street lights will be converted from conventional lighting to the more energy-efficient LED lighting. The new street lights will last five times longer than the current street lights, and will result in considerable savings to the City of Middletown.
The project is in alignment with the long-term goals and values established in the City of Middletown Energy Plan, which was written in the summer of 2019 and approved by the Middletown Common Council. The LED street light conversion project reduces the energy needed to power the City’s street lights by more than half, resulting in a significant reduction in the cost to energize the lights. The use of more energy-efficient lighting also greatly reduces the carbon foot print of the City’s lighting.
A referendum passed in 2018 to approve the dollar value for the City to acquire the funds for the project through bond issuance. The City has been in the auditing and design phase of the project for much of the past year. In 2019 an RFP for the project was issued, and a selection committee determined that Tanko Lighting was best suited to handle the project. Tanko Lighting is an expert in this type of conversion project, and also offered the lowest price. Tanko Lighting, in collaboration with the City, has been methodically identifying all City-owned street lights, and designing light replacements that are optimized with LED technology.
The total estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million, and the City of Middletown will utilize an energy efficiency utility incentive of roughly $500,000, resulting in a net cost to the City of approximately $1,000,000. The project will result in significant energy cost savings, estimated at over $200,000 per year, with additional savings through reduced maintenance costs associated with this type of energy-efficient lighting. It is projected that the annual savings resulting from the use of energy-efficient lighting will more than cover the bond payments. Once the $1,000,000 bond is fully paid off over the ten-year term, the City will continue to benefit from the yearly savings of using more efficient lighting.
“The LED street light conversion project is perhaps the single most effective energy efficiency opportunity available to the City, which is why we’ve made it a priority and why I’m so excited about getting this conversion underway,” said Mayor Ben Florsheim. “I am grateful to the city personnel who were integral to the execution of this project, including former Mayor Dan Drew, Public Works Director Bill Russo, and Energy Coordinator Michael Harris. Under my administration, we will continue to aggressively pursue creative, cost-saving ways to reduce our carbon footprint and build a sustainable future.”
Future potential projects in alignment with the City of Middletown Energy Plan include interior lighting upgrades in all schools and municipal buildings, and ongoing mechanical improvements that produce energy savings, all of which will increase use of renewable energy and contribute to reduction in the City’s carbon foot print.
The construction phase of the LED street light conversion project is expected to last through the remainder of 2020.