CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee Electric Light is going green.
The company announced Monday it will start replacing street lights with Energy Efficient LED’s this spring.
Chicopee currently spends about $390,000 a year on street lighting. After the upgrades, they predict they’ll save more than $200,000, or $3 million over a 20 year period.
“Besides the significant energy savings, the LED street lights will last much longer requiring less maintenance. The current lights need to be replaced about every 6 to 8 years and new lights should last over 20 years. Since the LED’s put o ut more of a white light, the quality of light will also be improved,” said General Manager Jeffrey R. Cady.
The switch to LED’s will take four years and cost just over $1 million. Work will begin south of the Connecticut River and will start with the replacement of higher wattage fixtures on the main roads, then move into the neighborhoods.
The utility company will foot the bill. Chicopee will eventually pay back 80% of that bill by using their savings over a seven year period.
Once work begins, Chicopee Electric Light will post a map onto their website with periodic updates where people can keep track of the progress.