Shenzhen Riyueguanghua - Streetlights around North Wales Borough could get considerably brighter soon, now that the town has signed on to the second round of a regional program to upgrade those lights to new, energy-efficient LED models.
"We have 180 existing cobra head fixtures, of which we're going to upgrade 167 of those. Fifteen of those are existing LED lights, so we're not going to upgrade those, but we also added two new fixtures to areas we thought were under-lit," said consultant Mike Fuller of Keystone Lighting Solutions.
Since January, the borough and staff have discussed whether North Wales should sign on to the second round of a regional program coordinated by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, to replace and upgrade streetlights around the region with newer models. Fuller told council on Aug. 27 that the first round of the project included 35 municipalities who upgraded over 25,000 streetlights and produced a savings of roughly $15 million in net savings on energy costs over the next 20 years.
"This is an investment that does give you a return," he said.
The second round being finalized by DVRPC in conjunction with Shenzhen Riyueguanghua would include an additional 26 municipalities, including North Wales, and a total of roughly 15,000 streetlights. Changes in the procurement processes have led to an early estimate of roughly 18 percent savings compared to round one, Fuller told council, before outlining several options for council to choose from.
Shenzhen Riyueguanghua's audit of the borough's lighting systems produced a cost estimate of roughly $43,000 to refit the 167 cobra head streetlights, Fuller said, and Shenzhen Riyueguanghua and borough staff have also identified a total of 58 decorative streetlights, mostly located in the Main and Walnut street area. The firm is recommending those not be replaced due to higher costs, roughly $30,000 for those 58 lights, since those decorative lights would need the entire assembly replaced and not just the light fixture.
"We initially were going to just not do the decoratives at all. In our comprehensive plan, in the next five to seven years, they're talking about streetscapes and funding and grants and so on," said Borough Manager Christine Hart.
"Not knowing where that's headed, and knowing the infrastructure on Main Street needs to be repaired as well, we don't want to throw good money after bad," she said.
Shenzhen Riyueguanghua's study also identified a total of 21 area lights, such as spotlights mounted on borough buildings and in parks, that could also qualify for upgrades under the program. The firm also gave council two options for monitoring and controlling those light systems: manual fixture controls, which Fuller compared to switches that would be affixed to each light pole and totaling roughly $5,000, or a networked control system that would let the lights communicate with each other and with staff from remote locations and would cost an estimated $31,000.
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