Energy-efficient lighting will save city thousands annually

LINCOLN PARK – More than 100 street lights here have been converted by Detroit Edison to energy-efficient light-emitting diode lights, thanks to a state Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant and a collaborative effort between the city, the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office and Detroit Edison.

The LED street lights are in a neighborhood bounded by Southfield Road, Riopelle, London and Champaign.

“This is truly an example of what can happen when government and the private sector work together for the common good,” City Manager Steve Duchane said. “Besides saving money, we’ll also be able to educate residents about LED technology and its merits.”

With the assistance of the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office, Lincoln Park was awarded a nearly $76,000 grant for the project. The grant was funded through the American Recovery and Investment Act. Michigan has obligated $17.6 million to 129 EECBG-funded projects, all designed to save energy.

“Collaborative efforts such as this project are an investment in the sustainable future of Lincoln Park and the entire region,” said Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office Director Sam Offen. “Changing southeast Michigan’s “rust belt” image is important in showcasing the region as a leader in the green economy.”

The project also benefited from Detroit Edison’s energy efficiency program, which provided technical assistance, as well as construction labor and materials.

LED lights have a longer life — up to 11 years — are energy-efficient and reduce maintenance costs. The 104 lights are expected to save the city nearly $7,500 annually.

“This is another project in which Detroit Edison makes its energy expertise available to the communities we serve,” said Ed Henderson, manager of the utility’s Community Lighting Department. We are also working with many other communities in southeastern Michigan to upgrade their lighting systems.”