Street in Pittsburgh PA, (Courtesy of Greenhouse Strategies)

On July 17th, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy group brought together 50 leaders in lighting technology from around the country to learn about Pittsburgh’s work installing LED lights in our business districts. From their flyer for the event:

The site of Pittsburgh’s original LED street light pilot, Shadyside is a lively shopping and dining district that requires vibrant, visually pleasing, and progressive lighting. LED street lights help keep the neighborhood safe and inviting. Using expertise at local universities, the city evaluated 50 different LED street lights, and adopted a lighting code intended to bring uniformity to lighting citywide, before creating a competitive process for fixture selection.

The LED project goes all the way back to 2005, with the creation of the first Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan. From the first pilot program on Walnut Street in 2008, to the installation of the lights earlier this year, Pittsburgh created a model for 21st Century street lighting. The interest in Pittsburgh’s work from public officials from Vermont to Washington State shows how effective the model we created has been. The next phases of the streetlight upgrade will be moving forward soon and eventually all 40,000 of our streetlights will be converted, saving millions over the lifetime of the lights.

Street in Pittsburgh PA, (Courtesy of Greenhouse Strategies)