After more than a year’s worth of effort, the Town of Clifton Park announced that it has finally reached an agreement with National Grid to purchase more than 400 street lights from the utility company.
Members of the town board approved the contract unanimously last Monday.
The purchase is part of the town’s street light energy-saving project, which seeks to retrofit all of its lights with LED bulbs.
Just over one year ago, Clifton Park contracted with Siemens Industry Inc., a company that has experience with converting lights in other Northeast communities, for the retrofitting work.
That contract, which was also approved unanimously by the Town Board last November, was a step toward the town’s long-term goal of saving money by increasing its energy efficiency.
According to the contract, the town will purchase a total of 413 streetlights at a cost of $480,459, plus $10,464 in transition costs for the project. The conversion to the LED lights is projected to save almost $5 million in energy and utility costs over 20 years. The town is expecting to recoup its investment in the lights in seven years.
The town is expected to save 60 to 65 percent in annual energy expenses after the new LED lighting is installed.
The new lights will include Smart City street lighting controls, technology that not only allows for town officials to perform efficient maintenance but also the ability to dim or brighten specific lights as necessary for special events or emergencies, officials said.
The light controls will also allow the town to monitor nearby air quality, traffic and noise while enhancing safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
As part of the conversion, Siemens will train town employees how to replace the bulbs, which are projected to last 10 years.
The contract will now be forwarded to the New York State Public Service Commission for its approval.