Andrew P. Flanagan, Town Manager
36 Bartlet St.
Andover, MA 01810
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Town of Andover to Save $100,000 Per Year through LED Streetlight Program
ANDOVER — Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan is pleased to report that the Town of Andover is moving forward with a project to retrofit 1,800 streetlights with LED fixtures.
Converting the old sodium-vapor streetlights to efficient LEDs will reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs contributing to savings of over $100,000 annually. LEDs use a fraction of the energy of old lighting fixtures and they last many times longer. LEDs also use directional light and do not create light pollution, which can detract from the beauty of the night sky.
Andover’s Energy Management Team has further saved the community money by reducing the cost of installation by obtaining rebates from National Grid, resulting in approximately $195,000 in additional cost savings. The Town has also been awarded approximately $85,000 through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Resources (DOER) LED Streetlight Rapid Retrofit Grant Program.
“This is a no-brainer for our community. Our residents and business owners are saving tax money on installation, and the annual savings of over $100,000 will go right back into programs and services townwide,” Town Manager Flanagan said. “I would like to thank the hard working people on Andover’s Energy Management Team for their hard work to see this program through to completion.”
The LED streetlights have been ordered and the installation phase will begin by the end of this month and will run through the end of the year.
Siemens Industry, Inc., has been contracted to complete the installation. The company has an excellent track record working with municipalities, including similar projects in Melrose, Salem, and Swampscott.
Please visit the LED Streetlight Project webpage – http://andoverma.gov/685/LED-Streetlight-Project for detailed information, frequently asked questions, and an interactive Geographical Information Systems (GIS) map with up-to-date information. The map gives viewers the ability to follow the conversion progress in real time and see when each street will be completed.
Anyone with any questions about the LED Streetlight Project should contact Janet Nicosia, Manager of Energy and Utilities at 978-623-8760 or [email protected].