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City reimbursed for new LED street lights

Energy Trust of Oregon gives West Linn $42,830 check

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A before and after shot from Oregon City shows the difference between cobrahead streetlights, on the left, and new LED lights on the right. After completing the installation of 900 LED street lights last August, the city of West Linn received a $42,830 reimbursement check Jan. 27 from the Energy Trust of Oregon nonprofit group.

The check fully offsets the cost of the new lights, which will save more than $20,000 annually in the city’s street fund while offering better visibility, energy savings, longer life and recyclability.

West Linn houses more than 2,200 streetlight fixtures, and over the course of about four weeks last summer Portland General Electric converted 900 of them. The poles themselves were not replaced”LED streetlights provide one of the best opportunities for communities to reduce energy costs,” Energy Trust representative Oliver Kesting said. “They’ll save the city $20,000 per year and provide a carbon offset equivalent of 334,000 miles driven per year.”

The lights use between 60 and 70 percent less energy than the city’s old “cobrahead” streetlights, lowering energy costs as a result. The new LED lights also shine white, as opposed to orange or yellow, to improve visibility, and last more than four times longer than cobraheads.

According to Kesting, Energy Trust works to save energy costs for 1.5 million customers.

“Customers who have participated in our programs haved saved over $1.3 billion in energy costs, and we estimate that stimulated $2.1 billion in economic activity,” Kesting said. “These savings and these economic benefits are because of projects like this with the city of West Linn.”

By Patrick Malee
503-636-1281, ext. 106
email: pmalee@westlinntidings.com
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