CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- The lighting is about to get brighter in Clarkstown where the Town Board entered into an agreement with the New York Power Authority to purchase LED street lighting.
Clarkstown is in the process of buying 3,880 of its street lights, which are currently owned by Orange and Rockland Utilities for $670,000.
The lights will next be retrofitted with high-pressure sodium lights with energy-efficient light-emitting diode ones.
The purchase will bring a projected savings of $40,000 a month in utility costs "just by owning the lights," plus $450,000 in actual energy costs savings, well over $900,000 annually.
The conversion, which affects 86 percent of Clarkstown's street lights, which are fed by overhead wires, is projected to start in winter and take six months to complete, so by June, said Clarkstown Town Supervisor George Hoehmann.
The LED conversion has been presented to every one of the five towns in the County within the past couple of years, Hoehmann said.
"It's been discussed at Town Board workshops in prior years but we really didn't proceed with it. I came into office this year and had meetings with staff and outside consultants to move the process along."
"Energy efficiency has been something of a hallmark of things I've worked on in my career." Prior to this, Hoehmann converted the Town's landfill to a solar field, the only one in the state.
"LED conversions make too much sense not to do. It is an opportunity to save a significant amount of money, $950,000 to $1 million projected, according to the New York Power Authority, Hoehmann said.