FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2017 Contact:
Sustainability & Parking Director
City and Ozarks Electric Cooperative Announce LED Streetlight Pilot Program
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As part of the City’s efforts to reduce community-wide energy consumption, Fayetteville is collaborating with Ozarks Electric Cooperative on a pilot program using LED bulbs in streetlights. Ozarks Electric is replacing bulbs in sixteen streetlights of the Willow Springs subdivision in west Fayetteville.
The two-month long pilot program begins in early October. It will measure energy costs, illumination levels, and resident perception. Willow Springs’ residents within the pilot area will be asked to participate in two surveys administered by Ozarks Electric – one before the lights are replaced and one after the replacement bulbs are installed – with questions about perceived safety, and light brightness and quality. Survey results will be instrumental in determining if LED replacements should occur in throughout the City.
Although the piloted LED bulbs are more expensive to purchase, they use approximately half as much electricity and last about twice as long as the older high-pressure sodium and mercury vapor light bulbs. In addition to reduced carbon emissions and lower maintenance costs, studies show that the quality of light produced by LED bulbs is considered better and more natural.
Some streetlights are owned by neighborhood organizations; however, the majority of Fayetteville’s streetlights are owned and maintained by Ozarks Electric Cooperative, Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), and the City itself. The City pays approximately $3 - $10 per light per month, depending on the bulb type and size. The annual lighting bill for streetlights is approximately $350,000 per year.
Kris Williams, manager of energy services for Ozarks Electric, said, “We are excited to collaborate with the City of Fayetteville on this project and we are looking forward to learning more about the needs of our members. Anything we can help do to reduce carbon emissions is important to us as a cooperative and we hope we are able to help the City with something that can potentially make a huge long-term effect.” Peter Nierengarten, Fayetteville Sustainability Director added, “We really appreciate Ozarks Electric’s willingness to work with us on this project. It’s a social, environmental and economic win, if we can reduce electricity consumption and carbon emissions without sacrificing light levels and safety!”
To learn more or to participate in the City of Fayetteville’s developing Energy Action Plan, please visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov/EnergyActionPlan
. For information about reporting street light outages, visit this webpage