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North Bend will soon be converting
streetlights to energy efficient LED street lights under the Relight Washington
grant program. During the March 19th Council meeting, Councilmembers unanimously voted to approve a motion authorizing Mayor Ken Hearing to enter into a contract with Puget Sound Energy for the Relight Washington Program Phase 1. This involves replacing all street lights in the Silver Creek Neighborhood and much of the downtown core area with LED lights.
The replacement LED
street lights are 55% more efficient, provide more uniform light distribution,
increase light levels, and will save the City thousands of dollars each year in
energy and maintenance costs.
“We are excited about
this grant program that will have both environmental and economical benefits by
delivering significant energy savings and providing lighting that will last
approximately five times longer,” Mayor Hearing said.
Phase 2 will cover
the remaining portions of the City controlled by PSE. There is no cost to the
City for Phase 1 work. The City will front the cost of the PSE work for Phase 2
and will be reimbursed by the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board
(TIB). PSE has estimated the work to cost approximately $70,000.
Phase 1 replacement lighting is anticipated to begin early summer 2019. For more information about Relight Washington, visit http://www.tib.wa.gov/media/newscontent/items/2015/relight%20washington.pdf.