The City of Los Angeles (LA) owns the second-largest streetlighting system in the nation behind New York City. An estimated total of 209,000 streetlights or 5,000 miles of lighted streets consume approximately 29 percent of the city’s total operating budget.
The LA Mayor’s office, LA Department of Water & Power, the Clinton Climate Initiative, and the City have collaborated on the Green Streetlight Program. The Program aims to replace existing cobrahead lights with Cree LEDway® streetlights in local neighborhoods.
The program, funded by a combination of energy rebates, the Street Lighting Assessment Fund and loans, will be repaid over seven years using savings from the upgrade. By the eighth year, the City will see an annual savings of $10 million.
“This project showcases how government can address environmental and economic challenges with creative problem-solving,” said Ed Ebrahimian, General Manager of the Bureau of Street Lighting.