Let there be (energy-efficient) light.
The city of Worcester will mark the completion of a year-long project Tuesday that replaced more than 14,000 old street lights with more energy-efficient LED bulbs.
Crews spent the last year replacing street light bulbs — whether the old ones needed to be removed or not.
“There’s a pretty significant savings that can be had from switching from an older, high-pressure sodium light that was probably near the end of its life expectancy anyway,” said John O’Dell, the Worcester Energy and Asset Director. “When we realized what the math was and the cost to demobilize and remobilize a crew to go out and change the lights it just made more sense to do them all at once.”
City officials predict changing the street lights, as well as those in city-owned parking garages, will save nearly $1 million a year and reduce energy use by those lights by 40 percent. …