(PITTSBURGH) February 1, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today installed the West End community's first energy efficient streetlight, lending a hand in the City’s efforts to convert 3,700 business district streetlights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights and announced that the project’s first phase is more than halfway complete. The $2.5 million project, with $865,000 in grant funding, allows the lights in the City’s 32 business districts to be upgraded from High Pressure Sodium (HPS) to sustainable LED lights. The entire project, from start to finish, was handled by the Mayor's Office of Sustainability and Energy-Efficiency. Ravenstahl says the conversion will reduce the City’s electricity expenses by over 60 percent.
“I’m excited to see this project move forward, and I want to thank my employees for their hard work in getting this tough project done,” Ravenstahl said. “It's easy to talk about embracing green technology, but actually doing the grunt work, putting out the proposals, writing the grants - and everything else in between - takes time, committment and energy. We take action and embrace every opportunity to be greener, safer, and more effective with taxpayer dollars."
The new, modern lighting fixtures produce a brighter, cleaner light that improves visibility for drivers and pedestrians, and have a longer life than standard bulbs. The LED lights are being purchased from King Luminaire and BetaLED, both of which have manufacturing plants in the United States. Based on an RFP process, Republic ITS, the traffic solution and streetlight maintenance company acquired by Siemens Industry, has been chosen to do the installation. The project will be about 70 percent complete by next week.
“If we want to continue to grow and improve Pittsburgh, we have to keep our local businesses strong and vibrant,” said Ravenstahl. “The enhancement of improved lighting in these districts is just the next step in our process to help our local businesses flourish.”
This is the latest in Ravenstahl’s efforts to restore, revive and reinvest in Pittsburgh’s business districts. Through the Taking Care of Business program, crews responded to a list of action items delivered by 311 callers and businesses. The program also provides neighborhood business districts with clean sweeps, infrastructure improvements and long-term strategies to renew the neighborhood lifelines.
In August of 2009, the Mayor launched a streetlight conversion pilot project in the South Side neighborhood in which several different green technologies were showcased. Residents were asked to pick the streetlight that provided the best quality of light. Of the half-dozen green lighting technologies showcased, residents preferred the LED lights. In September of 2010, the City began receiving grant funding through the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority to convert the lights.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687