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LED Street Conversion

Municipality: Minoa
County: Onondaga County
Population: Less than 5,000
Type: Village

2017 Local Government Achievement Award

Village Hall: (315) 789-2603315) 656-3100

Launched in April 2016, CNY Bright Lights, an initiative of the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board, was created to assist municipalities in converting streetlights to LED technology.

Through this initiative, the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board will provide technical assistance to municipalities in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties in working with utility companies to purchase streetlights to convert to LED and/or to convert utility-owned lighting assets to LED. The agency will provide cost benefit analyses of the two options and help municipalities identify and apply for funding for LED streetlight conversion projects.

Through CNY Bright Lights, the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board provided a cost benefit analysis report to the Village of Minoa which assessed the cost and benefits of converting Cobra Head streetlights to LED. The total cost to convert 198 Cobra Head streetlights to LED was $9,571.32. Minoa’s average net book value per luminaires was quoted at $48.34, which was multiplied by the total number of luminaires in the village (198) to estimate a conversion cost of $9,571.32.

The village will realize an annual savings of $3,976.08 with a 2.4 year payback. The annual energy savings is 74,625 kWh as well as reducing greenhouse gases emissions by 13.9 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. The village converted 176, 100 watt and 2, 150 watt streetlights to 30 watt LED. With an estimated useful life of 25 years LED lighting will reduce maintenance costs, enhance visibility and safety for pedestrians and traffic.