City owned decorative street lights in the Downtown area and South Meriden village area are currently being upgraded with LED lights that are more energy efficient, burn brighter, last longer and are less expensive to operate and maintain than the existing installed lights, according to Stephen Montemurro, MIS Director and Chairperson of the City's Energy Task Force.
UIC Energy LLC was recently hired to begin replacing approximately 182, 150W street lights in the downtown area with the brighter, more energy efficient 60W LED lights. UIC will also be replacing approximately 56, 100W street lights with 45W LED lights in the South Meriden village area as well.
The total cost of the project is $82,810, however a 40% energy conservation incentive rebate from CL&P equaling $33,124 reduces the total project cost to $49,686. This cost will be paid back through the monthly energy savings over a period of 48 months via a zero percent interest free loan. The total energy cost savings over the next 12 years is estimated to be approximately $162,000. This project is due to be completed within the next 2 to 3 weeks.