LIHUE — Kauai Island Utility Cooperative has issued a request for proposals to retrofit 3,500 street lights with LEDs as part of its energy efficiency collaborations with the county and state
The county, which is KIUC’s largest customer, spends about $1 million per year on 2,900 street lights.
The latest generation of LED lights uses half the energy of traditional high-pressure sodium lights, potentially providing significant savings to government agencies. This is the first time in Hawaii that an island’s entire inventory of street lights will be switched over to LEDs.
The project will also include 582 lights owned by the state Department of Transportation.
KIUC said the project is a result of the partnership between the co-op and the county to work together to reduce the island’s consumption of fossil fuels and lower the cost of energy for its residents.
The request for proposals is on KIUC’s website, www.kiuc.coop.
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