The City of Camas, Washington, has received a Department of Commerce grant in the amount of $500,000 for a new LED lighting project, according to the Camas-Washougal Post-Record. The grant will allow the city to begin a $2.4 million project to upgrade 3,100 traditional city lights with LEDs. LED installation will take place throughout 2015.
Public Works Director Steve Wall said that the investment makes good sense because of the benefits of switching to LEDs, such as better energy efficiency, which results in reduced bulb replacement. Other benefits include reduced maintenance costs and better quality of lighting. The move to LEDs came on the heels of a move by the city to improve energy efficiency, as well as lesson its footprint on the environment.
According to city officials, during the first year after installing the LEDs, maintenance and energy savings are estimated to fall by about $115,000. Then, officials expect maintenance costs to continue decreasing each year beyond that, and estimated savings will increase by 2% every year. The city’s mayor, Scott Higgins, said he hopes that during the project, they will discover other areas that need LED lighting.
Two LED lighting pilot projects were previously carried out in Camas and Washougal, Washington. During the projects, 100 street lights were replaced with LEDs. Officials stated that after the replacement, costs decreased and bulb reliability increased.