|Energy efficient lighting proposed for downtown BG|
|Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:19|
New energy-efficient lighting may be coming to the downtown.
The Bowling Green Board of Public Utilities approved a resolution on Monday for the purchase of LED lighting retrofit kits for downtown street lights, decorative lights, and parking lot lights.
If approved by council, the move could cut the energy consumption of lights in the downtown drastically, and reduce long-term maintenance costs. More than 156 lights would be replaced.
"The current lights are 150-watt bulbs," said Utilities Director Brian O'Connell. "The LED lights will be an 80-watt bulb."
The plan would cost just shy of $83,500, but the city would receive an almost $80,700 reimbursement.
"We're a member of American Municipal Power, and we're part of a program that AMP offers called Efficiency Smart," explained O'Connell.
The city, as an incentive to join the program, received the money to be used for the reimbursement.
"When (the city) joined they had to spend the money towards and energy-efficiency project," O'Connell said.
He said that most people wouldn't notice a different once the LED lights are installed, though he said the quality of the LED light may be better than the regular bulbs.
"The LEDs are a fairly white light."
The matter will now go before city council for three readings, and then, if passed, go into effect 30 days later. O'Connell said they may be able to start the replacement process late this year, if approved.
Additionally, the board approved a plan to seek bids from an electrical contractor to install the new lights in case city crews are unable to do so due to other projects.
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