Montgomery eyes cost, energy savings in switch to LED bulbs
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery may soon be shining a little brighter, with plans to install thousands of new streetlights in the coming months.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Alabama Power is footing the bill for the project. The utility started installing lights last week with plans to overhaul the city’s streetlight system and make it more energy efficient.
Every light in the city will be replaced with LED bulbs that are brighter and illuminate a larger area. The new bulbs also help alleviate light pollution because the light can be directed downward.
The city thinks it’ll save about $600,000 over the next five years.
“While saving taxpayer dollars and reducing energy consumption, this project will ensure Montgomery stays on the cutting edge of technology and infrastructure,” Mayor Todd Strange said in a press release. He said the project was “essential to leveraging technology to drive economic growth and development.”
Alabama Power hopes to finish the switch in about nine months, according to the release.
The city said the effort pairs with other ongoing efforts, like an energy savings program that began in 2016.
Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com