New LED lights to save $50,000

— The City of Grandview will be a lot brighter at night after the replacement of all high-pressure sodium light fixtures with LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures this fall.

The installation, by Pacific Power, will start in September and end in late October, City Administrator Cus Arteaga said.

Arteaga is excited about the changeover. He said it will bring many benefits.

Grandview’s light bill will drop about $50,000 per year. The LED lighting will be brighter and clearer. And the street department will get more money for maintenance.

This all comes through the Relight Washington Program of the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board. The TIB program encourages the LED lighting to save funds that can then be applied to street maintenance.

And Grandview doesn’t have to pay anything for all of this. The installation will be paid with a $250,000 grant from the TIB, Arteaga said.

“It was the perfect storm for our lights and streets,” he said. “It’s about as close to winning the lottery as you can get.”

All Grandview was required to do was commit the savings from the street lighting changeover to use in street maintenance. For Grandview that works out to about $50,000 per year.

Arteaga said all communities are eligible for the Relight Washington Program. Three communities approved so far are Dayton, College Place and Grandview.

The Grandview project calls for the replacement of nearly 700 fixtures.

These fixtures will be activated by a photo eye when daylight turns to dusk.


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