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Solar Lights Hit the Streets

From California to Cairo, LED (Light-Emitting Diode) street lights are becoming the norm and resulting in money and energy savings. Here’s a look at a few cities that are going solar.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor launched a successful pilot project by replacing their downtown globe street lights with LED lights. Reduced maintenance and energy costs are saving the city $100,000 each year. Greenhouse gas emissions will also be reduced each year by 267 tons of CO2. According to the city, “Each LED replacement bulb saves $962 in energy and maintenance costs over its 10-year lifetime. At this savings rate, the new bulb pays for itself in 4.4 years.” Learn more about how Ann Arbor is lighting the way to energy savings.

Cairo, Egypt (and Beyond)

Egypt’s adoption of solar street lights began in 2013 throughout Cairo’s major districts, then expanded to Suez, Sharm el Sheikh, Alexandria, and many others. The country is now investing $157 million in LED street lights across the country. The significant energy savings is expected to pay for the project in 17 months, lighten the load on the electricity network, and prevent blackouts. Learn more about Egypt’s widespread adoption.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh residents can expect to save an estimated $215,000 annually in maintenance and energy because of their city’s LED lighting initiatives over the last 10 years. More than 40 projects include solar lighting on the streets, parks, parking decks, and more. Learn more about Raleigh’s LEDs.

San Diego, California

San Diego saves about $250,000 each year in energy costs with its 3,000 street lights using GE’s LightGrid technology. It was the first city in the U.S. to use this intelligent lighting system, which not only provides more efficient lighting, but also “provides accurate energy metering per light pole, allowing municipalities to pay only for the energy they actually use,” according to Cleantech San Diego. While super high-tech, the lights still have downtown San Diego’s historically charming look. Learn more about these intelligent wireless street lights.

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