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Wednesday, 5.10.2022
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City of Memphis and Memphis Light, Gas and Water are partnering with Ameresco on the LED streetlighting, controls and networking project, designed to reduce energy costs.

The City of Memphis and utility Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) have partnered with cleantech integrator Ameresco to upgrade its streetlights citywide to LED fixtures.

The streetlighting, controls and networking project, designed to reduce energy costs citywide and enhance operations and maintenance capabilities, will see more than 77,000 high-pressure sodium luminaires replaced with LEDs.

Energy savings

In addition to improved illumination, enhanced safety and reduced maintenance needs, the City anticipates the project will result in annual energy savings of more than 37 million kWh and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 26,000 metric tons.

The resulting energy and operating cost savings will allow the project to pay for itself over the life of the system. Updated luminaires will be fully controllable through remote monitoring on a secure network capable of additional smart city applications.

The City of Memphis aims to significantly reduce its carbon emissions, while simultaneously improving both streetscape and night-time visibility in a cost-effective and energy-efficient manner through the completion of this project.

“We are now almost ready to begin converting all 77,000 streetlights across our city to LED bulbs. By doing this, we will be bringing significantly improved lighting to every neighbourhood in Memphis,” said Jim Strickland, mayor.

“As I stated in my state of the city last year, no longer will criminals have a safe harbour to operate under cover of darkness and prey on our citizens in dimly lit parts of the city. I’m pleased this much-needed project will be starting soon.”

Throughout the construction process, local residents from Memphis and the surrounding communities will be employed to participate in the construction of the streetlighting upgrades. By working in conjunction with the community, Ameresco hopes to exceed Memphis’s goals for minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) participation for job creation and workforce development and create lasting opportunities for residents that extend beyond the project term.

“MLGW is pleased to work with the City of Memphis and Ameresco to upgrade MLGW’s streetlighting system within the City of Memphis to provide enhanced lighting, substantial energy savings, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and lower maintenance costs,” added Jarl (JT) Young, president and CEO, Memphis Light, Gas and Water.

Construction is expected to begin in the autumn 2022 and reach completion one year later.

The City of Memphis, founded in 1819 and incorporated in 1826 is the second largest city in Tennessee and the 28th-largest city in the US in terms of population.

Memphis Light, Gas and Water claims it is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 439,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County.

Founded in 2000, and headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, Ameresco is a cleantech integrator and renewable energy asset developer, owner, and operator. Its portfolio includes energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solution delivered to clients throughout North America and the UK.

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Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 27.07.2022

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