Los Angeles Retrofit Program Means 140,000 New LED Streetlights

February 23, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Los Angeles is going green with 140,000 streetlights being replaced with LED light bulbs. The nation’s largest lighting retrofit project, comes with a price tag of about $57 million, but will reduce electricity expended on street lighting in the city by a minimum of 40 percent and carbon emissions by approximately 40,500 tons a year.

The initiative was announced by former President Bill Clinton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with funding help coming from the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Outdoor Lighting Program. Part of the funding also comes from a $14 million rebate from the Department of Water and Power. The Clinton Climate Initiative has become an increasingly active arm of the Clinton Global Initiative.

The lighting retrofit program which will begin in June, and is expected to take five years to complete, starting with 20,000 the first year and 30,000 in each of the succeeding years.

The city’s mayor has set a goal of powering the city with 20 percent renewable energy by 2010 and 35 percent by 2020.


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