Hollywood residents will be seeing more clearly on city streets as the City has approved a new LED street-lighting program presented by FP&L. During a recent meeting, the Hollywood Commission received a presentation from the Department of Public Works and Florida Power & Light on the LED street light conversion. The plan will convert 5,788 street lights to LED. Hollywood will be the largest municipality served by FP&L to participate in a conversion.
A Tariff was recently approved by the Public Service Commission for the installation of FPL-owned Light-Emitting Diode (LED) street lights in cities and municipalities with no upfront expense to Hollywood. Phase I of the Tariff allows for the conversion of High-Pressure Sodium Vapor (HPSV) lights, owned and maintained by FPL under current SL-1 Lighting Tariff, into the LED Streetlights. Phase II of this Tariff would explore the conversion of HPSV lights owned and maintained by City. Fixture selection determines monthly charges. There is a reduced FPL maintenance expense and reduced energy expense which would mean an annual savings of approximately $13,000 for the City.
Some of the benefits include high efficiency improved lighting levels, improved lighting quality and increased energy savings. There will be a reduction of the carbon footprint and more reliability. The lights should last longer and decrease maintenance expense. There should also be a reduction of light pollution and a reduction in crime. It will take four to five months for FP&L to complete final engineering, and installation will take about a year.
“The quality of lighting will be better and brighter and the police department thinks this will have a positive impact on public safety,” said Joann Hussey, spokesperson for Hollywood. “People have said their neighborhoods are very dark. This will mean an increase in light levels in the neighborhoods.”
For further information, Joann Hussey can be reached at 954 921 3328 or by email at [email protected]