Sunnyside to sign up for LED street lights

The Sunnyside City Council authorized City Manager Don Day to sign agreements that will open the way to brighten up the city at night.

Day will sign agreements with Pacific Power and Washington Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) to install LED street lights. The state will provide a grant of more than $250,000 to pay for a changeover of the entire city.

But, the grant will work like a rebate. Sunnyside will pay the cost but then be reimbursed from the TIB’s Relight Washington Program.

According to the board, LED lighting is brighter and spreads of over larger area than the mercury vapor lights or high-pressure sodium lights Sunnyside currently has.

According to Day, the project will replace approximately 810 fixtures.

As long as the weather holds out, Pacific Power believes it can finish the project this year.

After the lights are up and running, Sunnyside will save about $59,000 on its annual lighting bill, Day said.


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