LED Streetlights Project
(Updated April 13, 2021)
Beginning Monday, March 15, 2021 through April, 2021, the remaining sodium vapor streetlights in Campbell will be converted to LED.
Streetlights thoughout The City of Campbell that have not been updraded with LED lights.
In February 2020, the City entered into an Energy Services Contract agreement with Syserco Energy Solutions (an Energy Services Company, ESCO) of Fremont, CA to provide turnkey services for the proposed “Energy Conservation Upgrades and Infrastructure Improvements” project. ESCO projects are typically a collection of smaller projects whereby the collective energy and financial savings can be used to offset the cost of the funding required to implement the improvements. The goal is to identify projects and solutions that improve infrastructure, conserve energy, reduce energy costs, and decrease operations and maintenance costs. One of the energy efficiency upgrades is addressing the non-LED City-owned streetlights.
The positive environmental impacts associated with the proposed energy conservation and infrastructure improvements are consistent with City’s goals for positive environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions as identified in the General Plan.
Light Emitting Diodes (LED) streetlights are a great choice for many lighting applications and great source for lighting streets. LEDs provide environmental, community livability and safety benefits by reducing energy consumption, protecting the night sky (minimizing light pollution), and improving color rendering (better light quality). It is estimated that LEDs generate 40 to 60 percent savings in energy consumption depending from which source they are being converted. Because LEDs provide more of a directional light distribution than traditional streetlight sources, light can be focused on where they are needed to light sidewalks and roadways rather than in homes or the night sky. The colors generated by a light source have shown to have impacts on visibility of objects at night. For example, studies have shown that white lights at lower levels are more effective for nighttime vision than higher levels of yellow lights; and, LEDs produce white light as compared to the yellow light from sodium vapor lamps.
Beginning in 2015, the City began converting streetlights from sodium vapor to LED with close to 1,053 completed to date. Now, through the ESCO project, the remaining sodium vapor streetlights, approximately 1,593 of the remaining non-LED streetlights, will be converted to LED which will result in over 45% of energy use and cost savings based on current usage.
The ESCO project is primarily funded through the PG&E On-Bill Financing (OBF) program and a low-interest loan by the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) “Energy Conservation Assistance Act” with a minor investment by the City.