Program to help localities switch to energy-efficient street lights


The New York Power Authority has approved $7.5 million for the Smart Street Lighting NY Program with the goal of converting municipal streetlights to energy-efficient LEDs.

The funding was approved Wednesday by the New York Power Authority board of trustees.

Under the program, municipalities can apply for up to $500,000 in funding for streetlight replacement, according to the announcement by the state Power Authority.

The goal is to replace at least 500,000 street lights across the state with energy-saving LED technology by 2025, the announcement added.

Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo said Thursday that while the city was “definitely looking at doing something with streetlights,” that she was “looking at several programs” under which a replacement project could be funded, and had not yet decided how the city would proceed.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, D, has said upgrading street lighting will improve public safety and help the environment.


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