With the large industrial and manufacturing decline occurring over the past decade, the City had to reinvent itself to tackle financial challenges head-on, and explore opportunities to be leaner and more efficient. The Welland LED Street Lighting Conversion Program provided an ideal opportunity.
Following numerous tests and trials occurring over a three-year period, Welland City Council approved the first of a two-phased approach to replace all 6,400 street lights within the City limits in 2011. As a result, Welland was poised to become one of Canada’s first cities to replace all of its existing street lights with LED fixtures.
Phase 1 of the project, completed in January 2014, involved the replacement of approximately 4,325 cobra head high-pressure-sodium lamps ranging from 100 to 485 watts with LED fixtures ranging from 30 to 120 watts. On average, a savings of 75% in energy consumption was realized.
The ALLED LED street lighting fixtures were equipped with ALLink monitoring and control system and software, enabling the lights to be remotely monitored and controlled from a computer or handheld device.
Welland estimates that the total cost of operating its current HPS-based lighting system will amount to almost $18 million over 15 years, which is the “estimated true cost of doing nothing.” By switching to LED lighting, the City will save a total of $6.8 million in operating costs. After paying the various charges including debt repayments, the city will save a net amount of $2.38 million over the 15-year term of the agreement.
The LED retrofit program is expected to reduce street-lighting energy costs by $221,553 and street-lighting maintenance costs by $159,250 in year one. Welland was also able to reduce its annual carbon emissions from 2.1 million kg CO2 to 541,000 kg CO2.