Project Information

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.

Conversion to LED lighting significantly reduces energy use and costs

Key Features

  • Embedded ALLink wireless control and monitoring
  • Robust surge protection
  • Innovative, durable daylight sensing system
  • Cleaner, whiter, enhanced illumination
  • 10 year bumper-to-bumper warranty

Customer Testimonials

The new ALLED SL4 lights reduce our energy bill for street lighting by 70 percent and we are realizing a 75 percent savings in maintenance costs. What’s even better is this conversion pays for itself entirely through the SSL Energy Solutions shared savings contract we utilized. It’s a winning combination for the City of Welland. If it can be done here in Welland, 100 percent conversion to ALLED street lights can be done in most cities.
David Ferguson, Welland Manager, Traffic, Parking & Bylaw Operations
A full conversion to LED street lighting shows our commitment to sustainable, green city management and operational practices. The energy savings we are achieving is dramatic. However, the significant total cost savings is even better for our community.
Mayor Barry Sharpe, City of Welland