When selecting a partner for your lighting project, experience counts. With more than 500,000 LED street lights installed or contracted, Ameresco is the largest non-utility purchaser of LED street lights in the United States1. We have helped customers across North America convert more than a half million street lights to LED technology and turn old lights into new savings.
When converting traditional street lights to LEDs:
Deliver energy cost savings up to 75%
Reduce energy consumption up to 75%
Produce brighter light with more uniform distribution
Reduce CO2 emissions with lower wattage requirements
Enhance community safety and improve visibility for drivers
Plus, when adding smart lighting controls to LEDs:
Reduce maintenance costs by up to 80%
Improve lighting reliability and service delivery
Provide centralized visibility and remote management
Reduce 311 calls thanks to real-time detection of outages
Smart, connected lighting systems monitor for outages and streamline lighting management. We have installed smart controls on more than 60% of the LED street lights we’ve installed to date. Smart lighting systems provide a foundation for additional Smart City applications, from parking to waste management.
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“The Chicago Smart Lighting Program is off to a great start, delivering modern, reliable, energy-efficient lighting that is already improving quality of life in Chicago neighborhoods. The new state-of-the-art smart lighting management system will automatically notify us when lights need to be serviced, addressing one of the top reasons people call 311. This program is a great example of how we are building a new Chicago for the 21st Century.”
LED technology and smart lighting controls revolutionize street lighting by delivering a safer streetscape while modernizing and reducing the costs of lighting, one of the largest areas of energy consumption for most cities. According to the DOE, widespread use of LEDs in the U.S. by 2027 could equate to more than $30 billion in energy savings. Communities can embrace the efficiency, financial and quality of life benefits of an LED upgrade.
Before LED street lighting
After LED street lighting
Reduce energy costs and consumption up to 75%
Save up to 80% on long term maintenance costs
Reduce incoming 311 calls with smart lighting controls
Improve service delivery with lighting management system
Proactive maintenance with real-time monitoring
Reduce CO2 emissions from energy use and maintenance truck rolls
Quality of life
Improve community safety and security
Enhance infrastructure reliability
Improve streetscape and driver visibility
Adjust light levels to meet visibility needs
Reduce light pollution
Ameresco’s Approach to Street & Area Lighting
Ameresco is not just another lighting vendor. We have an expansive network of best-in-class technology, integration, and data analytics partners. We expertly manage complex projects, in cities and campuses, to deliver measurable results for our clients. As a vendor-neutral provider, Ameresco delivers customized solutions for every project including technology objectively selected to fit each environment and set of client needs.
LED Street Light Project Services
Inventory Audit: Our audits capture both street light and pole characteristics as well as pole spacing and placement, roadway classification, lane configuration, and other lighting application data such as average daily traffic and historic accident data. Ameresco also offers street lighting condition assessments and reconciliation of inventory and billing data.
Design Process: Ameresco’s best-in-class GIS-based design process maximizes energy savings and minimizes glare and light trespass. Using audit data, we identify common and critical lighting applications and develop luminaire specifications to ensure your illumination levels are achieved with the lowest possible energy consumption.
Light Fixture Selection: We will evaluate options from a variety of vendors using photometric and lifecycle cost analysis. If desired, we can also compare the relative energy consumption of different color temperature options, and ensure that Dark Sky compliance is achieved.
Local Incentives and Rebates: Ameresco has extensive experience identifying and capturing utility incentives and rebates (over $35M for the Chicago Smart Lighting Project alone, for example) as well as grants from local, state, and federal government, and other sources. We complete rebate applications, conduct pre- and post-construction site visits with inspectors, and respond to inquiries from utility company staff regarding savings calculations.
Community Outreach: Before, during, and after the project, Ameresco can provide community outreach to showcase how your LED street light conversion addresses your commitment to safety and sustainability.
City of West Richland
LED street lighting and wireless controls installed through a budget-neutral project are expected to reduce annual energy consumption by 61%.
City of Chicago
Contracts with Ameresco to modernize and connect over 270,000 LED wireless smart street lights – the largest city project in the U.S., utilizing Silver Spring networks’ platform.
Town of East Hartford
Partnered with Ameresco for LED street lights and exterior lighting using an Energy Saving Performance Contract (ESPC) to improve energy efficiency and enhance public safety.