New Intelligent Wireless Streetlights to Save San Diego $250,000 Annually
San Diego will illuminate its downtown district with GE Lighting’s intelligent lighting system, including LED street lighting, making it the first city in the United States to adopt GE’s LightGrid technology. The new system of 3,000 city lamps, set to be in place by spring of this year, will offer improved and energy-efficient lighting that will save the city more than a quarter-million dollars in energy costs each year.
GE’s customized LED street lights with wireless lighting controls will not only enhance the city’s street lighting but will also revolutionize urban lighting systems with technology that self-commissions to the LightGrid network and provides accurate energy metering per light pole, allowing municipalities to pay only for the energy they actually use. The custom engineered decorative street lights that embed the wireless controls technology are also designed to retain their historic appearance, which is characteristic of downtown San Diego.
Marty Turock, Cleantech San Diego’s “Greening San Diego” Program Manager is working closely with the San Diego Climate Collaborative and San Diego Gas and Electric to insure that the City of San Diego’s learnings and piggyback procurement opportunities are shared with cities, schools, and public agencies countywide, as well as with the Department of Energy’s Municipal Solid State Lighting Consortium.
“Light controls are going to be a game changer for the city of San Diego, said City of San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria. “This innovation will provide us with real-time data on lights that are malfunctioning or not working at all, so communities can feel safe with improved lighting while the historic look of the lights is preserved.”
Maryrose Sylvester, president and CEO, GE Lighting, said: “We are extremely proud of the many benefits that our LED and LightGrid technology will have on San Diego and cities throughout the world. San Diego’s installation introduces a technology that provides significant energy savings. Once installed, the technology will allow the city to shine smarter. We’re looking forward to seeing this technology benefit San Diego and other cities across the globe.”
Lorie Cosio-Azar, project officer, City of San Diego Environmental Services Department, has been instrumental in San Diego’s movement to intelligent streetlights. “The city of San Diego chose to move to LED street lighting largely because it allows for customizable brightness,” she said. “It provides a beautiful quality of illumination, and we know that it will enhance the downtown district, creating a more pleasing environment for residents, business owners and the customers who spend time there shopping, dining and just enjoying the charm of the neighborhood.”
To learn more about GE’s outdoor lighting solutions, in the U.S. and around the globe, visit www.gelighting.com/roadway.
San Diego News Coverage:
- City to Put LED Lights in 3,000 Downtown San Diego Street Lamps
XETV-6, Jan. 28, 2014
- City Replacing Street Lamps with LED Lights
FOX 5, Jan. 28, 2014
- San Diego to Install Wireless LED Street Lighting
KFMB-8, Jan. 28, 2014
- San Diego Adds Smart Street Lighting System
KNSD-7, Jan. 28, 2014
- 3,000 San Diego Streetlamps Getting LED Upgrade
KPBS-City News, Jan. 28, 2014