ELLWOOD CITY – The state Energy Development Authority has awarded Ellwood City a grant to aid with its energy-efficient lighting plans.

The grant for $168,750 will be used to replace 289 out of 796 existing street lamps with LED lighting. LED lighting is specially designed to be energy-efficient, and is just as bright as fixtures currently used.

A contract for the lighting fixtures has been awarded to Appalachian Lighting Systems Inc. of Perry Township, which leases an office in the Ellwood City municipal building.

Dom Viccari, borough manager, and Mourice Waltz of Waltz Consulting and Planning of Sharpsville made a presentation before the state agency in Harrisburg on Monday, and Ellwood City was among 24 municipalities to be awarded grants, Viccari said Wednesday.

The money will also be used to develop an energy management plan and to publish and distribute energy-efficiency brochures.