Funding for the new lamps and fixtures is coming from a Utah State Energy Program Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. Hurricane City will receive $121,950 from the $1.2 million grant being issued through the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) Smart Energy Initiative.
Of the 14 UAMPS members who participated in the competitive grant, three are from Washington County. Santa Clara and Enterprise are also receiving funding to replace traditional streetlights with LED lamps in an effort to become more energy efficient. Santa Clara will receive $64,350, while Enterprise is slated to receive $38,700 for the program.
Hurricane Power Director Dave Imlay said the grant money would enable the city to meet two important goals. “We will be able to increase our energy savings and substantially lower the amount of light pollution emitted into the night sky within Hurricane City,” Imlay said.
The new “cobra head style” LED light fixtures are engineered to direct light downward, eliminating the problem of misdirected or wasted light. Money saved with the new lights will be used to reinvest into additional LED street lights over the next three years.
One test light fixture is already installed on State Route 9 within the city limits, with five more test fixtures on the way.
“Instead of using a one size fits all approach to streetlights, we will be able to engineer what kind of street lighting is needed on any given street,” said Imlay, adding at least 90 percent of the existing streetlights will be changed over once the program is completed.
The new LED lamps have a life expectancy of about 92,000 hours compared to about 24,000 hours for the traditional lamps, according to UAMPS. Each participating city will also develop a disposal plan for the old lamps and a recycling plan for the used fixtures.
For more information about UAMPS and any of its Smart Energy programs, visit www.uamps.com