On Monday, February 5, Casa Grande’s elected officials will be presented with a rebate check in the amount of $234,505 from APS for the city’s recent transition to LED streetlights. In the summer of 2016, the City of Casa Grande initiated a process to transition 3,900 of its previous high pressure sodium lights to energy-efficient LED streetlights. This conversion was successfully completed in March 2017.
The LED streetlight conversion project is anticipated to save taxpayers an estimated $3 million over the course of 15 years in electricity and maintenance costs. These savings are comprised of a decreased energy consumption of 68%, reduction in billed utility costs of 39%, and a savings of 70% in street light maintenance costs.
“Projects like this demonstrate how committed Casa Grande is to finding cost-effective, sustainable practices for our community,” said Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland. “We’re proud to be one of the few communities in Arizona to have implemented this project, and it’s exciting to already see its impact through the commercial rebate program with APS.”
In addition to major savings, additional benefits of the LED streetlight transition include improved public safety due to enhanced visibility and the ability for city staff to wirelessly control and monitor the streetlight network.
“When considering the combination of warranties, rebates and improved technology to be generated from this project, it was an easy decision for the City of Casa Grande to pursue this change to LED street lights,” said City Manager, Larry Rains. “The investment we’ve made has already begun to pay off, and I’m enthusiastic about the significant savings and reduction in costs that we will continue to see in future years.”
“We want to give our customers more options and control of how they use their electricity. When the city contacted us to express their interest in converting to energy efficient LED lights, we worked hand-in-hand with them to do just that. Casa Grande’s conversion to LED lights will put a significant amount of money back into the community by saving on energy and maintenance costs,” said Stephen Chasse, APS Casa Grande Key Account Manager.
Representatives from APS will be in attendance at the City Council meeting on February 5 to present the rebate check to Mayor and Council. The public is welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 510 E. Florence Boulevard