Ann Arbor’s Street Light LED Green Tax

October 20, 2007 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

Posted by Ed Maurer:

Yet another green tax is hitting the streets in Ann Arbor Michigan. The city is planning to replace 1,400 street lights with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights instead. Although LED lights are much more expensive, the cost is recovered in a few years due to their very low power consumption. Ann Arbor is a college town that is quite eager to satisfy demands of becoming environmentally friendly, so it is fitting that this city makes such a large investment. How much is this green tax? $630,000, but these lights will save the city about $100,000 per year in energy cost alone. Since these lights do not need to be replaced often it saves the city a bunch more money in future labor costs.

Use of LED’s is nothing new to urban planners and city maintenance crews. Cities have been using LED’s for traffic lights more and more because they don’t have to be replaced as often. It’s nice to see that lighting the sidewalks and streets will be done with LED’s as well. For the past three years Ann Arbor has had a pilot project of 25 lights. I’m wondering why it took them 3 years to figure out the cost savings.

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