Spruce Grove Street Lights Improve Efficiency

Street lights along Highway 16A. (City of Spruce Grove)

Over two thousand lights switching over to LED technology.

The City of Spruce Grove is having new energy efficient and environment friendly lighting installed in their streetlights starting next week.

Around October 18th FortisAlberta will begin the conversion process on about 2,717 high pressure sodium streetlights, replacing them with LED technology, with an estimated completion date marked for November 14th.  The power saving lights have numerous benefits and are expected to save the city about 1,043,000 kWh/year- the equivalent to removing 142 cars off the road, providing enough power to supply 134 homes or planting 30,600 trees in a year.  

The environment friendly initiative began with an initial application process in April of 2016, with another application period approved at the end of March of this year.  Overall, Spruce Grove is one of the 137 Albertan communities which has signed on to the conversion.

In addition to being energy efficient the LED streetlights also produce a whiter light which shines downwards, meaning a higher quality illumination during darkness and less light pollution.

"Converting to LED technology increases overall efficiency and will allow the City to use less energy," says Patrick Inglis, Senior Sustainability Advisor for the city, in a release.

"This partnership with FortisAlberta is an environmentally-friendly initiative that aligns with our sustainability efforts and directly supports the City's Environmental Sustainability Action Plan."

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