Mayor: City Completes Purchase of Street Lights from National Grid Ahead of Citywide Conversion to LED Technology

Mayor: City Completes Purchase of Street Lights from National Grid Ahead of Citywide Conversion to LED Technology

City of Troy partnering with Siemens to convert approximately 4,400 street lights to LEDs across the Collar City beginning January 2022

LED technology reduces street light power usage by over 60 percent, and helps improve visibility in public places

Mayor: Transition of street lights to LED technology continues commitment to implement smart city initiatives, reduce City’s carbon footprint, and decrease power usage

City expects total annual savings of over $1.3M from LED conversion project

108 city-owned light fixtures have been refitted with LED technology in Troy’s Lansingburgh and South Troy neighborhoods

TROY, NY (January 5, 2022) – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy has completed the purchase of approximately 4,400 street lights from National Grid. The purchase was the next step in the administration’s planned conversion of existing street lights to LED technology in partnership with Siemens Industries to reduce energy costs, improve visibility in public places, and plan for the future implementation of Smart City initiatives.

Mayor Madden said, “The transition of the city’s current street lights to LED technology continues our commitment to implement smart city initiatives, reduce our carbon footprint, and decrease the amount of power needed to illuminate our streets at night. We are excited to partner with Siemens Industries on this exciting opportunity to improve visibility in our neighborhoods, enhance quality of life, and reduce costs for taxpayers.”

“We are excited to be a part of the City of Troy’s LED street light conversion project,” said Shadrach Treat, Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “This conversion to Smart Street Lighting not only helps reduce the City’s environmental impact and annual utility costs, it adds infrastructure that will enable future expansion of Smart City technology throughout the City.”

The city estimates the switch to LED technology will reduce power consumption of street lights by over 60 percent, and provide an annual energy savings of over $378,000. LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are brighter than conventional street lights, and help improve visibility in public spaces for pedestrians and motorists.

A total of 108 city-owned light fixtures have been refitted in the Lansingburgh and South Troy neighborhoods. Those LED street lights will be energized in the coming weeks. The planned conversion of an additional 4,400 street lights is expected to begin in January 2022. The City will save an additional $938,951 annually by owning the street lights.

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Incorporated in 1816, the City of Troy is the seat of Rensselaer County government and the county’s largest municipality by population. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, the City boasts seven miles of waterfront, a largely-preserved historic downtown, diverse neighborhoods, and several major colleges and universities. Troy’s history as the nation’s largest manufacturer of detachable cuffs and collars earned the City’s nickname “the Collar City.” A former steel & iron manufacturing powerhouse of the 19th and early 20th century, the City is now home to a growing hub of tech, video game development, restaurants, and retail.