Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

Estimated Results Achieved from Completed Conversion
Number of Lights Committed Electricity Savings  kWh/yr) Value of Electricity Saved ($/yr) Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reductions (metric tonnes/yr)
26,000 7,282,834 $1,463,405.76 3,759.70




Program Description

Regardless of size, fiscal or staffing capacity, each municipality participating in the Regional Streetlight Procurement Program is able to leverage economies of scale and confidently access energy performance contracting and low-interest finance to convert their entire outdoor lighting systems to more energy efficient LED at no upfront cost. DVRPC issued a single RFP on behalf of 45 municipalities in southeastern PA to identify an energy services company (ESCO) that would execute energy performance contracts for street and exterior lighting upgrades. 35 of the 45 municipalities ultimately proceeded with a performance contract.

Service Area

DVRPC serves nine counties in the greater Philadelphia region: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer in New Jersey. This project took place in the four suburban counties of southeastern PA: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. 

Situation Highlights

The RFP leveraged the MSSLC specification for equipment, and also locked in pricing on labor and equipment – economies of scale were achieved due to the pooled buying power. The ESCO conducted an inventory, design, procurement and installation for each participant. The specification within the RFP allowed the program to provide transparency and lock in products and pricing for the majority of cobrahead equipment procurement through the program, and provided the ability to negotiate the the pricing and specification for the remaining equipment, labor, and service costs.  

DVRPC’s program-wide “owners agent”, (Keystone Lighting Solutions) provided the program with the technical capacity to successfully negotiate pricing and oversee quality control on ESCO products and design. Financing, legal and technical assistance on the energy performance contracting was provided across the program by the Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance Program (PennSEF).

24 municipalities used financing, and 11 paid for the project out of their own budgets. Individual project costs ranges from $40K to $2.2 Million. There was no minimum project size for municipalities to be eligible for financing. Three municipalities purchased their lights from the utility at favorable rates (PECO (Exelon)) as part of their performance contract.   Construction is expected to begin April 2017-June 2018.

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