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July 23, 2013 > Streetlight conversion underway

Streetlight conversion underway

Submitted By Miriam Lens

The City of Hayward Citywide streetlight conversion project is currently underway! The project involves the removal of over 7,700 high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlight fixtures that will be replaced with energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) fixtures. This City Council approved project commenced in early May with an initial audit phase identifying locations and characteristics of the City's existing streetlights. Replacement of the fixtures began in early July and will be completed by October 2013. Installation began in the southeast section of the City between Whipple and Mission, will move northward, and end in the northern section of the City between Hesperian and Foothill.

The major benefits of the project include improvement in the color and quality of light throughout the City; significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; potential of 60% reduction in energy costs; and a major savings in maintenance costs.

The project is funded through a California Energy Commission (CEC) loan which will be repaid through the energy cost savings, resulting in no upfront cost to the City.

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