SaveONenergy LED Street Lighting Retrofit Program Completed in Niagara Falls
In 2015 the City of Niagara Falls in partnership with the Niagara Peninsula Energy Incorporated (NPEI) completed a city-wide SaveONenergy LED Street Lighting Retrofit Program. Since 2010 a pilot study was designed to evaluate the relative merits and attributes of a variety of LED, Induction and Electronic Ballast products. The study tested 157 fixtures at 17 locations across the city.
The SaveONenergy programs encourage the replacement of existing equipment with new energy efficient, cost-effective alternatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, electricity consumption and operational costs. Advantages of LED fixtures include lower energy consumption, increased light efficiency, product sustainability, longer life cycles, and improved durability, which contribute to lower operational costs.
The City’s 2014 Energy Management Plan (EMP) defined the City’s energy reduction target at over 7.5% over the next five years. Retrofit of existing street light fixtures to LED would decrease street lighting energy demand by 31%. Overall decrease in the City’s energy demand would be 15%; exceeding the five year target of 7.5%. The street light retrofit program cost approximately $3.9 million. With $850,000 in incentives to replace 8,650 of the City’s cobra head style fixtures provided it can complete the change-out before the end of the 2015 calendar year to maximize the potential of the fill incentive rebate. A turnkey solution with the LAS/RTE/Cree partnership using local labour and local installers from Ground Aerial Maintenance Services. (GAMS) The funding would provide approximately 22% of the total cost of replacement. Through expected operational savings, and incentive savings, the return period would be approximately 5 years.Back to articles