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ATCO to replace streelights with LED fixtures

Lloydminster is set to enter a formal agreement with ATCO Electric to convert an estimated 79 streetlights from 400-watt high pressure sodium (HPS) to 180-watt light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures. City council approved the agreement on Monday after ATCO approached the city with the opportunity.

Now approved by the city, ATCO will apply to the Alberta Utilities Commission to include the multiplier of 6.7 per cent, or an estimated $32 per light. According to the city, the multiplier is the incremental cost difference between a 180 watt LED and a 106 watt LED at about $220 per light. Once paid off, the city expects to save $6,732 on operations over 2 and a half years based on today’s rates.

Lloydminster has worked with ATCO before when it installed LED lights along College Drive that utilize bluetooth technology to dim based on movement. Last year, ATCO replaced all regular streetlights with LED fixtures. At the time, the company told the city it would return with a proposal to approach the 400-watt infrastructure. Mayor Gerald Aalbers is happy to move ahead with the company’s proposal.

“We’re moving it forward, and I appreciate the steps we’ve taken,” says Aalbers. “We didn’t jump right in, but at the same token, we’ve worked our way through it and we know that it’s working. I’ve had no complaints about lighting in the city at all.”

The city expects work to be completed sometime this year. It’s also looking at tackling 400-watt decorative lights throughout the city. LED fixtures are expected to reduce the city’s carbon footprint through energy efficiency and reduce light pollution.

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