Seaford shedding light on energy savings, reduced emissions with streetlight replacement

SEAFORD – The city of Seaford in cooperation with the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation began replacing existing streetlights with new high performing energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) streetlights.

POST LED Street Lights Newly Installed and Operational LED Fixture

Newly installed and operational LED fixture.

The city will replace 538 Cobra Head streetlights and add seven new LED fixtures over the next three years pending funding approval.

Seaford’s LED streetlight retrofit program is expected to result in an energy and maintenance savings of $880,072 and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3,680 metric tons over 20 years.

“The reduced energy use, lower energy costs, and pollution cuts will benefit the City and its residents” said Rick Garner, Seaford Electrical Engineer. “These LED fixtures are a visible representation of our commitment to fiscally responsible energy efficiency.”

The first phase of the project will replace 201 lights on various streets in Seaford and is funded by $52,408 worth of community Green Energy Funds.

“Using City of Seaford Green Energy dollars to improve energy efficiency will play an important part of showing Seaford’s commitment to improving the quality of life for the whole community,” said Seaford City Manager Dolores Slatcher. “Cutting greenhouse gases is an added benefit, while higher quality and more focused light will also improve safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.”

Pending funding, the second and third phases would begin in 2016 and 2017 and continue for the remainder of each year. Phase Two and Three would replace an additional 210 and 134 high-pressure sodium lights at a cost of $47,880 and $30,552 respectively. It is estimated each phase will have a payback of approximately 3 years. The LED retrofit project began with a request for proposals issued by DEMEC to evaluate different vendor products based on DEMEC’s specified design. The recommended product is estimated to save 278,600 kilowatts-hours of electricity each year, equivalent to 310 homes and a carbon dioxide annual savings equivalent to taking over 40 cars off the road each year. The LED fixtures have a projected lifespan of 100,000 hours, or 24 years, when in operation on average 11 hours per day. To learn more about other DEMEC programs, visit the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) website www.demecinc.net.

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