Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today invited residents to offer their feedback on the new streetlights that have been installed in the South Side neighborhood as part of the Mayor's Energy-Efficient Streetlight Conversion pilot project. The Mayor, while conducting the third of five G-20 'sweeps,' pointed out the black and white signs City crews were posting with input information.
"Several different green technologies are being showcased throughout the South Side, and we're engaging the residents to see which of these technologies will provide the best quality light," Ravenstahl said. "After this pilot phase, we'll be using the input to roll out energy-efficient lighting Citywide, continuing the greening of our City."
Each sign contains the email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, where citizens can submit their feedback beginning immediately. Citizens are reminded to note the SL # on the pole in their email. Comments will be accepted through December 31, 2009.
More than 40 lighting vendors, representing various technologies including high pressure sodium, metal halide, LED, and induction lighting, applied to participate in the City's pilot installation. Each vendor provided three lights, free of charge, to the City for a nine month trial. Energy-efficient streetlights in the pilot program were installed in June and July 2009 and will remain in place until February 2010. The results of the study will be used to choose a lighting technology, with a Request for Proposals to be issued in April 2010.
The Mayor also acknowledged the offices of Councilwoman Darlene Harris and Councilman Bill Peduto for their role in introducing the Energy-Efficient Streetlight legislation in March 2009.
"Regardless of the lighting technology that is ultimately chosen, this lighting retrofit project will improve our City's quality of lighting, reduce our carbon footprint, and save taxpayer dollars," Ravenstahl said.
The City currently operates 39,779 street lights using 2,293,748 kilowatt hours (kWh), at a yearly cost of approximately $3.2 million. The Mayor's Office of Sustainability and Energy-Efficiency is hoping to shave up to 50 to 60 percent of that cost by replacing the lights with green technologies.
During the sweep, the Mayor encouraged businesses to keep their storefronts clean, while City crews removed graffiti, power-washed sidewalks, removed dead trees and pruned healthy ones. A list of potential locations for bike racks was also compiled. Bike racks throughout the South Side and in other City neighborhoods will be installed before the Summit.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
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