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ESCO Energy Services Company Installs LED Street Lights with Smart Chip Technology in Plainville, Connecticut

 

ESCO Energy Services Company is installing new LED streetlights in Plainville, Connecticut.

In one of the nation’s first street light conversion projects, more than 1,400 energy efficient LED street lights will replace outdated high-pressure sodium lights.

Plainville, Connecticut will save approximately $75,000 per year through the LED retrofit.

In addition, ESCO will be installing smart chips in a number of the street lights to allow for the lights to be dimmed or brightened individually or as a group.

The smart chips will also enable free WIFI access for residents.

ESCO’s comprehensive Municipal Street Light Conversion Program enables your community to cost-effectively take control of your town’s street lighting operations and achieve significant energy cost savings.

ESCO is the only New England — based company qualified to implement the CCM Streetlight Retrofit Program. We help communities control the cost of keeping their streets safe.

Call today to schedule a FREE Street Light System evaluation.

888-ASK-ESCO (275-3726)

To schedule an appointment online, click here.

Charlestown Explores Converting Streetlights to LEDs with ESCO Energy Services Company

By Jessica Iannetta

CHARLESTOWN

— The Board of Commissioners is exploring converting the town’s streetlights to LEDs, a move that could eventually save the town approximately $8,000 a year.

On Tuesday night, the board voted to have ESCO Energy Services Company do an energy audit of the town’s 120 streetlights, which would give the town a better idea of how much it could save from a conversion. The commissioners first started exploring the idea of converting the streetlights in August after hearing a presentation from Jack Hanley of ESCO.

In his presentation, Hanley estimated that it would cost the town about $40,000 to convert all the lights, but with a savings of about $8,000 a year, the conversion would pay for itself in about five years. The $8,000 in savings would come from the lower energy costs of LED lights and from the money Charlestown would save by buying its streetlights from Delmarva Power. Like most municipalities in the country, Charlestown rents its streetlights from a utility company.

“Municipal street light ownership is a relatively new program that’s kind of sweeping the country,” Hanley told the commissioners. “Every month somebody like (Charlestown Town Administrator) Wib (Pumpaly) writes a check and hands it off to the utility and for decades they have been charging exorbitant amounts of money for streetlights you should have owned decades ago. It’s a unique opportunity.”

If Charlestown were to buy the lights from Delmarva, the town would also have to pay for all the maintenance costs. These costs would be significant if the lights aren’t converted to LEDs as the high-pressure sodium bulbs in the lights typically need to be changed out every three to five years. But the LED lights ESCO installs are guaranteed for 10 years and have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years, Hanley said.

Still, ESCO recommends that for the first 12 to 15 months towns put aside $1 a month per light as a hedge against future maintenance costs. Once the town has a better idea of annual maintenance costs, that amount can be adjusted, Hanley said. He also noted that ESCO only charges for the repairs it performs rather than a flat, annual maintenance fee.

ESCO also offers the option of having a smart chip installed in each light for an additional cost. The smart chip allows the lights to be dimmed or brightened individually or as a group. So, for example, if there’s an accident at night, a particular light or set of lights could be brightened to better illuminate the scene.

The smart chips could also be used to track the locaton bracelets often worn by Alzheimer’s patients or those with autism, a feature town commissioner Renee Capano said she found particularly attractive when she first heard about ESCO at the Maryland Municipal League conference last summer.

The town would also never have another lost dog, Hanley said, because the smart chips can track the computer chips many dogs have to prevent them from being lost. The chips could even be used to provide WiFi, Hanley said.

Even if Charlestown doesn’t want to use all these functionalities right away, installing the chips at the beginning would cost less than installing them a few years down the road.

“Think of it as making your streetlight heads cable ready,” Hanley said. “You don’t have to take all 500 channels. You can take two or three right now and as the functionality is available or desired, you can switch it on or switch it off. It’s very software-centric rather than hardware-centric.”

ESCO, which is based in Lenox, Mass., has worked with towns in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut on streetlight conversion programs. Charlestown would be the first town ESCO works with in Maryland.

But Charlestown would not be the first town in the region to install LED lights. Last month, Newark, Del.’s city council voted to replace 2,000 streetlights with LEDs at a cost of $459,759. The move is expected to save the city $13,562 in labor costs and about $90,573 in energy costs. Baltimore also converted its 70,000 streetlights to LEDs in 2012.

On Tuesday night, Charlestown commissioners were optimistic about the idea of converting the town’s lights to LEDs as they unanimously approved the energy audit. Town clerk Janine Antoshak also suggested that, once the energy audit is done and the town has more exact numbers, Charlestown might be eligible for some energy grants to cover the initial cost of converting the lights.

Treasurer Ken Confalone called the LED conversion “a very good deal.” He also noted that the town received a grant to install LEDs in town hall and since then, electricity costs for the building have dropped dramatically.

“The benefit for us the next five years is minimal. It’s in the hundreds of dollars,” Confalone said. “But it’s going to have a huge effect on the finances of the town down the road.”

Source: www.cecildaily.com/news/local_news/article_8b43cc3d-03fc-5fce-8311-c944cf0dd644.html

Plainville LED Street Light Installation Underway

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By Ken Liebeskind
The Plainville Citizen

ESCO Energy Services, the Massachusetts company awarded the LED street lighting project in Plainville, began converting more than 1,400 high-pressure sodium lights with LED street lights on Nov. 2.

“They started at the north end of town and they’re doing about 60 to 80 lights per day and should finish the job around Thanksgiving,” Town Manager Robert Lee said.

Plainville is the first Connecticut town to install LED street lights with ESCO in a program that was coordinated by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

Kevin Maloney, a CCM spokesperson, said, “Plainville is a model that encourages other towns to go this route. They’re the first to take this important progressive step to provide lighting in a more cost effective way that will generate long and short term savings.”

Jack Hanley, director of business development at ESCO said the cost of installing LED lights is $304 per fixture, which will cost the town $467,000. But $187,000 will be saved through an Eversource rebate, reducing the cost to $280,000. The town will also save $77,000 annually on the reduced energy cost of LED lights – $33,000 for LED lights compared with $100,000 for sodium lamps.

Lee said the move to LED lights “is a better way to do things. We’ll save money on electric costs and get better performance from the LED lights.”

Plainville also plans to install chips in some of the LED lights in the downtown area that will enable free Wifi access for residents. “We’re looking for advertisers who want to be on the network so we can generate revenue to pay for operational costs,” Lee said.

ESCO will work with the town to negotiate an agreement with Comcast, ATT or another Internet carrier to provide Wifi service.

Source: www.plainvillecitizen.com/news/allnews/7991264-129/plainville-led-street-light-installation-underway.html

ESCO’s First LED Install on Street Light Conversion Project in Plainville, Connecticut

In one of the nation’s first street light conversion projects, more than 1,400 energy efficient LED street lights will replace outdated high-pressure sodium lights.

Plainville, Connecticut will save approximately $75,000 per year through the LED retrofit.

ESCO is the only New England — based company qualified to implement the CCM Streetlight Retrofit Program. We help communities control the cost of keeping their streets safe.

Call today to schedule a FREE Street Light System evaluation.

888-ASK-ESCO (275-3726)

To schedule an appointment online, click here.

 

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ESCO Energy Services Company Retrofits Street Lights in Plainville, Connecticut

ESCO Energy Services Company is adding new streetlights to the downtown area in Plainville, Connecticut.

More than 1,400 energy efficient LED street lights will replace outdated high-pressure sodium lights.

The project has been approved by the town council. The town will save approximately $75,000 per year through the LED retrofit.

The new LED street lights will allow the town to save tens of thousands of dollars on an annual basis. The work by ESCO Energy Services Company will begin in September.

Source: www.wfsb.com/story/29751272/plainville-swapping-street-lights-and-adding-free-wi-fi-downtown

ESCO Attends CCM’s 32nd Annual Convention

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ESCO Energy Services Company attended the 32nd Annual Convention at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on October 21st.

Every year, the Annual Convention hosts a gathering of town and city leaders in Connecticut and New England for an event featuring workshops, networking and discussions with state and federal officials on the various issues that matter the most to local leaders.

There was also the opportunity to discuss with federal officials and state agency commissioners the emerging partnerships and key initiatives that are important for municipalities.

ESCO is the only New England — based company qualified to implement the CCM Streetlight Retrofit Program. We help communities control the cost of keeping their streets safe.

Call today to schedule a FREE Street Light System evaluation.

888-ASK-ESCO (275-3726)

To schedule an appointment online, click here.

Client Testimonial – RR Donnelley

 

ESCO Energy Services Company (ESCO) has an unparalleled eighteen-year track record in turnkey energy efficient lighting retrofit projects. ESCO can help you maximize energy savings and improve light quality with the least possible disruption to your operations. Projects can be installed with no initial capital outlay and achieve an immediate positive cash flow.

ESCO handles every aspect of a successful lighting retrofit project. Our services include: presentations and educational seminars, building surveys, design engineering, savings analysis, rebate analysis and processing, energy savings, light level verification and turnkey installation with professional project management.

NATIONAL GRID AWARDS ESCO WITH DISTINGUISHED PARTNER AND CHAMPION AWARD FOR 2012

National Grid recognizes ESCO for the second consecutive year with the Distinguished Partner and Champion Award for its accomplishments as an Energy Solutions Provider in Upstate New York.   This honor reflects ESCO’s contributions in energy savings as well as innovation, marketplace contributions and professionalism in delivering energy efficiency solutions for its clients.

BRIGHT IDEA FOR FUNDING LIGHTING UPGRADE PROJECTS

Constellation Energy has selected ESCO as a Channel Partner to offer and implement their new Efficiency Made Easy program (EME). EME bundles fixed price electricity (+3 yrs) with energy conservation measures, such as lighting retrofits. Customers pay for the cost of the energy conservation measures as part of their per kWh commodity charge over the length of the contract. There’s no upfront capital or financing required, and customers retain the benefit of the installed energy efficiency measures at the end of the commodity contract.

ESCO was chosen based on their outstanding customer service and more than twenty years lighting upgrade experience.