Takoma Park, MD

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)
1,500 522,750 $55,934 367




Program Description

The City of Takoma Park completed a pilot project for 49 lights as a first step to evaluating city-wide retrofits. Staff explored two options to achieve LED street lighting upgrades: 1) convert under utility ownership and LED tariffs; and 2) purchase the street lights from the utility using a Master Sales Agreement.

Service Area

Pepco service area.

Situation Highlights

Takoma Park has about 1,500 overhead streetlights on wooden poles, owned and maintained by Pepco. The energy use of these streetlights represents the largest single use of electricity that Takoma Park is responsible for. The conversion of the streetlights from energy inefficient bulbs to LED technology has been identified as a key factor in enhancing the city’s standing in the Georgetown Energy Prize by reducing municipal energy use.

Takoma Park evaluated two options for conversion to LED street lighting: 1) convert through Pepco, continue Pepco ownership; and 2) purchase the Lights from Pepco, replace with LEDs and maintain new system.

The City Council voted and approved to proceed with the conversion of all Pepco-owned streetlights in Takoma Park. The Council chose to work with Pepco directly and finance through the utility. The alternative was to purchase the lights through a Master Sales Agreement and use a performance contractor for the operations and maintenance of the project and ongoing maintenance. This decision was the major step needed to push the project forward. See below for more information on analysis of options and what lead to City Council’s decision to move forward through Pepco directly. The expected completion date is June 2017.

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