Completion of streetlight retrofit project illuminates more energy savings

February 10, 2020

Kelowna’s decorative streetlights will be getting the LED (light-emitting diode) treatment, joining the other 10,000 streetlights in Kelowna that have already been switched over to the more energy and cost-efficient style of lighting.

Between spring and fall 2018, The City and FortisBC worked closely together to retrofit more than 10,000 of the City’s street lights with LED lighting, resulting in savings of more than $900,000 annually on electricity billing and maintenance costs, due to the longer (15-20 year) average life span of LED technology. However, there were approximately 3,000 streetlights remaining that could not move to LED at the time.

“When we originally looked to replace the entire inventory of the City’s streetlights with LED lighting, it wasn’t feasible to replace the 2,945 decorative and post-top lighting styles that we have in a handful of areas,” said Brian Cairney, Traffic Signals and Systems Supervisor, City of Kelowna. “We’ve continued to explore cost-effective options as technology changes have occurred and now, we’re able to move ahead and switch over the remaining streetlights to LED.”

The four-year project will cost approximately $1.16 million to implement and will be paid from the energy reserve, which will be recuperated within eight years through energy savings and a decrease in annual maintenance costs. 

By moving forward with the decorative lighting retrofit, all streetlights in the City of Kelowna by 2024 will now feature LED technology, supporting Council’s priority to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provide a combined saving of over $1 million per year in electricity costs.

For more information about the LED light replacement program, visit kelowna.ca.