FortisAlberta is moving forward with the LED streetlight conversions in the Town of Stony Plain next week. The Town is one of many communities that will be part of this initiative.
Stony Plain will have approximately 1,140 lights converted from HPS to LED technology. Construction is expected to begin on or around October 10th with all installations expected to be complete by October 17th.
FortisAlberta made an initial application to convert existing streetlights under the LED Streetlight Conversion program to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) in April of 2016. At that time six communities including Canmore, Crowsnest Pass, Devon, Okotoks, St. Albert and Wetaskiwin underwent conversions. Another application for an additional 131 communities, including the Town of Stony Plain, was then made to the AUC. Approval for that project was announced in May of 2017.
Mayor William Choy says, “Replacing these lights will save the Town approximately 453,869 kWh/year. That’s equivalent to taking 62 cars off the road, operating 58 homes, or planting 13,300 trees per year. This will also reduce light pollution giving us friendly dark skies with an up light rating of zero. This project is another step towards reducing our environmental footprint.”
FortisAlberta Director of Business Development, Don Hughes says, “This is a huge win for our municipal customers who have been seeking a viable and cost-effective option for their existing streetlights.”
LED technology offers many benefits, including reduced energy consumption, resulting in lower costs for our customers. The LED technology FortisAlberta is installing will use a warmer light, resulting in minimal blue light exposure. The fixtures are dark sky friendly with zero up-light, which means less light pollution and/or sky glow as the light is directed downward. The current high- pressure sodium bulbs produce a light that appears orange; the new LED lights will produce a whiter light, resulting in a higher light quality that improves safety.
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Barsby Boisvert
Corporate Communications Officer
Town of Stony Plain
T:780.963.8606 or E: email@example.com
Communications Advisor FortisAlberta
T:403-514-4682 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org