Long Beach Partners For Energy Efficient Street Light Project

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The City of Long Beach, Southern California Edison (SCE) and City Light & Power (CLP) are participating in a pilot project to help determine the feasibility of replacing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) street lights with energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) street lights.

“The City of Long Beach is pleased to partner with SCE in this pilot project, because we’re always looking for ways to be more financially and environmentally efficient, and use technology to improve services to the community,” Mayor Bob Foster said.

“Southern California Edison is pleased to provide the City of Long Beach with LED street lights as part of this demonstration project, thus allowing residents and city officials to evaluate this technology while enjoying enhanced energy efficiency,” said Ben Harvey, Southern California Edison’s Region Manager for Local Public Affairs.

“City Light & Power is excited about this project for several reasons. The project will allow City Light & Power and the City of Long Beach to receive feedback from the residents regarding LED street lights, observe the reduction in energy usage and cost savings associated with each of the converted street light circuits as well as the decrease of system maintenance,” said Brad Weber, Regional Manager for CLP.

SCE provided approximately two dozen LED street lights in each of the following four Long Beach neighborhoods:

  • Alamitos Beach (near Florida Street and Walnut Avenue)
  • Park Estates (west of the Veterans Administration’s Long Beach Healthcare System)
  • Stratford Square (near Clark Avenue and Willow Street)
  • West Long Beach (near Silverado Park)

Residents in the affected areas are being surveyed to help gauge the impact of the new street lights in the community. Light levels and the amount of energy savings are being analyzed.

The LED street lights placed in Long Beach have previously undergone an evaluation by SCE for energy savings potential, as well as overall performance. This effort is intended to help the City of Long Beach and other stakeholders in their decision making regarding energy efficiency measures to benefit the community.

City Light & Power operates and maintains the street lighting system in Long Beach and is installing the SCE-provided street lights on behalf of the City as part of their existing contract. CLP has previously installed LED street lights on Bellflower Boulevard and Palo Verde Avenue near California State University, Long Beach as well as on Ocean Boulevard in front of City Hall.

LED street lights last longer, consume approximately 40 percent less energy, and have lower maintenance costs and smaller environmental footprints than HPS street lights.

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