LIHUE — Kauai County is the first in the state to convert all its streetlights from high pressure sodium lights to energy-saving LED lights as a result of a joint project between the County of Kauai and Kauai Island Utility Cooperative.
The project, which was completed last month, involved the retrofit of the county’s 2,900 streetlights and the state’s 582 streetlights. The change is expected to save the county approximately $400,000 annually.
The new lights also have a much longer lifespan and require less maintenance.
In addition, when a light goes out, the system issues a report, which will speed up the replacement process.
Other benefits to having LED streetlights include the ability to control the brightness level and adjust the timing seasonally.
Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. credited Senate President Ron Kouchi for urging the county to consider converting its streetlights to adaptive controlled LED technology.
“Sen. Kouchi’s encouragement and support was instrumental in moving this project along,” said the mayor.
The project is one of several that have resulted from a memorandum of agreement that was signed in 2013 by the mayor and KIUC’s President and CEO David Bissell. The MOA confirms their commitment to collaborate on sustainable projects that benefit the people of Kauai and Niihau.
“We are pleased to collaborate with KIUC on this important project,” said Carvalho. “It’s part of our commitment to work closely with our local utility to reduce Kauai’s dependence on fossil fuels and lower the cost of energy for our residents. We look forward to our continuing partnership.”