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Posted on: March 20, 2019

North Bend Receives Grant for New LED Street Lights

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

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