Outdoor Lighting

Better Buildings Accelerator: Outdoor Lighting

Cities participating in the Outdoor Lighting Accelerator will demonstrate practical and effective best practices to accelerate the adoption of high-efficiency outdoor lighting and improve system-wide replacement processes at the municipal level. Cities will work together and with DOE to drive analysis, secure funding, and install outdoor lighting systems. Partners will develop best practice approaches to system-wide upgrades as well as address issues that limit investment in high-efficiency technologies such as financing and utility tariff-rates. A state or region may join in a collaborative and supportive role, working with three or more cities in their state/region.

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Featured Solutions

The Outdoor Lighting Decision Tree Tool provides an interactive and visual representation of possible approaches and decisions that will typically be encountered in upgrading/replacing a public outdoor lighting system.
This document addresses some of the common concerns surrounding the spectral power distribution (SPD) of LED products used for general illumination, using an example dataset of 20 CALiPER-tested products.

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Fact Sheet

The Outdoor Lighting Accelerator will work with dozens of municipalities to accelerate the adoption and use of high efficiency outdoor lighting in the public sector, replacing over 1,500,000 lighting fixtures over the next two years starting in May 2014.

Partnership Agreement

Outdoor Lighting Accelerator Partners, in collaboration with DOE, will demonstrate practical and effective best practices to accelerate the adoption of high-efficiency outdoor lighting. Accelerator Partners and DOE enter into this partnering agreement to improve system-wide replacement processes at the municipal level.

Publication

Across the nation, outdoor lighting helps communities create a safe environment for residents and business owners to live, work, play, and travel. This is a vital public service supported by taxpayer dollars that municipalities and their utilities provide, and there are many solutions that municipalities are adopting for LED conversions.

Additional Information

Financing Guidance for LED Street Lighting Programs
The purpose of this page is to offer a brief introduction to the various financing models and tools that are becoming available, to present case studies of municipalities that have used those tools, and to provide links to resources that offer additional information.

DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC)
Solid-state lighting (SSL) technology has the potential to reduce U.S. lighting energy usage by nearly one half and contribute significantly to our nation's climate change solutions. 

Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP)
The LEEP Campaign is a recognition and guidance program enabling facility owners and managers to take advantage of savings opportunities from high-efficiency lighting solutions in their parking facilities. 

Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs)
A Qualified Energy Conservation Bond (QECB) is a bond that enables qualified state, tribal, and local government issuers to borrow money at attractive rates to fund energy conservation projects (it is important to note that QECBs are not grants). A QECB is among the lowest-cost public financing tools because the U.S. Department of the Treasury subsidizes the issuer's borrowing costs.

LED Technology and the Environment

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Partners

A-Z

Albany, NY
Anchorage, AK
California Street Light Association
Dearborn, MI
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Detroit, MI
Flint, MI
Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative
Huntington Beach, CA
Little Rock, AR
Mid-America Regional Council
Portland, ME
Racine, WI
Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office
Southern California Regional Energy Network
St Petersburg, FL
State of Tennessee
State of Washington
Takoma Park, MD

Location

Alaska

Anchorage, AK

Arkansas

Little Rock, AR

California

California Street Light Association
Huntington Beach, CA
Southern California Regional Energy Network

Colorado

Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative

Florida

St Petersburg, FL

Illinois

Kansas

Mid-America Regional Council

Maine

Portland, ME

Maryland

Takoma Park, MD

Michigan

Dearborn, MI
Detroit, MI
Flint, MI
Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office

New York

Albany, NY

Pennsylvania

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Tennessee

State of Tennessee

Washington

State of Washington

Wisconsin

Racine, WI