Energy Savings to Pay for Upgrade of More Than 7000 Street Lights in Medford

Oct. 28, 2020
City-wide lighting upgrade to reduce energy consumption, maintenance costs, and carbon emissions.

Ameresco, Inc., and the City of Medford recently announced that the City has entered into a US$4 million contract with Ameresco. The improvements are being financed by a low-interest loan and include converting street lights and parks department lighting to light emitting diode (LED) technology.

Karl MacNair, Medford's transportation manager, said completing this upgrade through an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) would allow the City of Medford to fund the project with energy savings over the term of the contract.

"LED fixtures not only consume less energy but also last four times longer than our current high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights. The lighting conversion will save taxpayers money in energy costs and contribute to reducing the city's carbon emissions," MacNair said.

The project will impact approximately 8000 light fixtures across the city. All city and utility-owned street lights will be converted, as well as additional park and parking lot locations. Medford began its efforts in 2019 by converting a small portion of its lights to LED. With Ameresco's partnership, this large-scale conversion will drastically reduce the city's energy use for street lighting. After the conversion, residents will benefit from improved light quality and color rendering of Medford's roadways.

"We look forward to pursuing this city-wide lighting upgrade with the City of Medford and helping to significantly reduce its energy consumption, maintenance costs, and carbon emissions," said Lou Maltezos, executive vice president at Ameresco. "The City of Medford has taken a substantial step that represents large-scale progress by upgrading their infrastructure using an ESPC, allowing the project to be paid for with energy savings."

The project is expected to be completed in 2021.

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