Green Lights Go On Stamford Streets

In Stamford, Conn., they’re taking green to the streets in the form of energy-efficient LED streetlights, which are set to replace more than a thousand high-pressure sodium streetlights in the city’s main corridors. This green retrofit is expected to save the city more than $146,000 per year.

This improvement is being made possible, in part, by a federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, a program that helps to fund energy efficiency and conservation programs across the country. Funding through this grant will allow the city to replace existing streetlights with GE’s EvolveLED Roadway Medium Cobrahead (ERMC) fixtures, which Nancy Pipicelli, energy/utility manager for Stamford, said were picked after considering models from several manufacturers. “The GE Cobrahead lights offered the best quality in terms of color temperature (4300 K), CRI, lighting uniformity and reduced glare,” Pipicelli said in a statement.

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image via GE

As an added bonus, Stamford will receive a $357,000 rebate for this project from electricity-provider Connecticut Light and Power, which the city plans to use to install an additional 467 energy-efficient streetlights next year.

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image via GE

The project is Connecticut’s largest installation of LED streetlights. More information on GE’s cobrahead LED streetlights (pictured above) is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.