A new report from the City recommends all 13-thousand street lights within Guelph be switched to LED, and not just the downtown core that is currently being done.
The switch could save the city a total of 14.2 million dollars over 15 years, and help reduce a high percentage on carbon dioxide emissions. The retrofit of the lights would cost an approximate 8 million dollars, but officials say that would pay for itself in 6 years.
The city currently spends about 121 dollars for each lamp annually. Reports from the city of Barrie, which has already made the switch, says they spend about half of that, at 67 dollars a year per lamp with the new LED lights.
Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge are already in the process or have completed the switch to LED’s.