Back in 2011 the City of Kinston took advantage of a Transportation Grant from the NC State Energy Office. Through this grant we were able to replace 811 high pressure sodium lights. After the sale of our nuclear and coal power plants in 2015, we began replacing the remaining 1,240 HPS lights. This project was completed this summer.
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
Street lights are paid for with General Fund property tax dollars. The 2,000+ street light replacements will save approximately 880,000 kWh over the next year, which is enough to power 67 houses yearly. The LED’s also have shown to require less maintenance and they last longer. Now that they’re all installed we’ll be able to gauge the cost savings over the next Fiscal Year. As an FYI – in FY10/11 the street lighting account was $244,034 and our budget for FY16/17 was $182,000.