A new pool of money is available for cities and towns looking to reduce their energy use and costs. The state is setting aside more than $500,000 to retrofit existing streetlights to more energy-efficient ones with light-emitting diode (LED) technology.
Marion Gold, commissioner at the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, said streetlights are one of the biggest expenses in a municipality’s energy budget.
“This is really one of those clear win-wins where we can reduce cost and greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy use and save towns money and save taxpayers money,” said Gold. “Converting from the more high pressure sodium to more efficient LEDs has the potential to reduce energy consumption and costs 40 to 60 percent—so really, very substantial.”
Cities and towns will get credit for each watt they reduce with LED fixtures and for any dimming controls they install.
Gold said the program will help convert between 9,500 and 15,000 streetlights, which is about 10 to 15 percent of the total streetlights in use in the state. The program will also help the state meet its emission reduction goals.
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