It could up to a year and a half for the first phase of a street light conversion project in Danbury. Danbury has made a request to Eversource Energy to purchase street lights in the City so that they can be converted to LED lights. Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola says there are a number of steps that have to be taken before the City can replace all of the street lights with LED lighting.
The lights have to be inventoried. He notes that often times the number a municipality comes up with doesn't match what Eversource has. Iadarola oversaw a street light conversion project when he was employed in Stamford.
Iadarola says it could take so long because the lights are a big money maker for the company.
ESCO, Energy Services Company, will look into the financial, operational, and energy analyses of the feasibility for implementing the program. Danbury is reallocating up to $50,000 in funding that's not needed for the 2012 revaluation and putting it toward the audit. An audit for this project will include existing conditions of the lights, projected costs, expected energy and maintenance savings, financing options and a proposed implementation plan.