In February 2013, City of Castlegar council authorized staff to purchase 819 LED streetlight heads from LED Road Way Lighting Ltd. (LRL).
The city partnered with LRL to replace the high pressure sodium (HPS) heads. This is approximately 80 per cent of all the streetlights in the city.
LRL is a 100 per cent Canadian owned and operated company. Martech Electrical of Castlegar provided the installation services. The retro fit will see between 50 and 65 per cent energy savings over HPS heads, and reduce the carbon footprint by approximately six tonnes.
The estimated energy savings (402,000 kWH/year) would power about 40 homes for a year.
Incentives were received from FortisBC and the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) fund.
Each head is in communication with the network and can report its condition and energy consumption to users at the Civic Works office. Each one also carries a 10-year full replacement warranty.