Posted on July 17, 2013

San Luis Obispo: City Partners with PG&E to Upgrade Streetlights with LED Lighting

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The City of San Luis Obispo has begun partnering with PG&E this week on a citywide effort to replace its streetlights with LED fixtures.

PG&E's Steve Malnight and San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx admire one of the new LED light fixtures.

The project was celebrated today (July 17) as city and utility officials gathered to watch one of the first LED fixtures go up near Mission Plaza at Broad and Monterey streets.

New LED lighting will allow for better color distinction and clarity to see at night. The city also will save more than $100,000 in energy costs, receive nearly $150,000 in PG&E rebates and reduce energy consumption equivalent to reducing carbon dioxide by 400,000 pounds a year.

In a ceremony attended by city leaders and members of the community, PG&E’s Steve Malnight congratulated the city on helping save money and doing its part to help the environment.

“It is our privilege to continue our work with the City of San Luis Obispo – and with other cities and communities across our service area – to help them save energy, and reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Malnight, vice president of customer energy solutions.

In all, the city is upgrading 2,169 streetlight fixtures. During installation, drivers can expect occasional traffic control on major roads. PG&E will complete the installations over the next four to six weeks.

Older street lights, left, are being replaced by new LED light fixtures, right. The new lights are more energy efficient and provide better color distinction.

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