Replacing all the streetlights in New York City is no small job. The city, however, was on board with the idea of using LED lights city wide. In 2009, after completing thorough testing, a project to replace all the city’s streetlights began and became a model for other cities to study and follow.
The project is expected to be completed by 2019, and will reduce 35 percent of electricity use in streetlights.
Margaret Newman, chief of staff for the NYC Department of Transportation said that’s about $250,000 per year of utility savings and about 700,00 kilowatts per year in energy savings – and that’s just for 1,500 fixtures in Central Park.
“What I recommend [for municipalities looking at retrofitting to LED] is to really evaluate your asset,” said Newman. “A lot of cities don’t even know what they have out there.”
To read the complete interview with Newman, visit Greenbiz.com.