The Town worked with Duke Energy Progress to replace all Town-leased streetlight fixtures with a Light Emitting Diode (LED) replacement option. Completing the project in early 2015, Duke Energy Progress converted 8.989 street lights, which include the 50,000 lumen street lights.
This effort began in 2010 when the Town partnered with Duke Energy Progress, formerly Progress Energy, to create a pilot project using Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to install 34 LED street lights. Since the installation of those 34 lights, the Town saved approximately $5,000 a year, received positive feedback from our citizens and experienced reliable service from the LED fixtures. The 2010 pilot project locations included:
- James Jackson Avenue fronting the Public Works and Utilities facility;
- NW Cary Parkway fronting North Cary Park;
- The Train Depot parking lot located at 211 N Academy Street;
- Ambassador Loop between Town Hall and the train tracks.
The estimated cost for the Town to implement this project was $385,000. The annual savings resulting from this project is anticipated to exceed $200,000 year.