The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Officials in New Mexico’s largest city say they are on the path to lighting Albuquerque’s streets with LED street lights in an effort to save money and protect the night sky from light pollution.
A City Council committee this week approved a project that calls for converting more than 20,000 city lights to LEDS to improve efficiency and lighting conditions.
Citywide, there are 32,600 street lights owned by both the City of Albuquerque and the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM). This project will convert more than 20,000 city owned lights with the remainder being negotiated with PNM.
The $20 million project still needs approval from the full council.
Mayor Richard Berry says over the last 12 months, the city has been working with lighting contractor Citelum to develop a master plan for lighting, including a complete inventory of all the city’s 32,600 street lights. Each light was inspected, measured for output and then cataloged into a citywide database.
Officials say the conversion to LED lights will be paid for through electrical savings and reduced maintenance costs.
According to a statement from the city, the project’s benefits include:
Energy and maintenance lifetime cost savings of approximately $19M Increased public safety Increased roadway safety Specific lighting controls for activity centers, major roadways and neighborhoods
The city and Citelum released a video on Youtube detailing the project: