August 21st, 2017
HORNELL, NY – Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan announced how much money the city will be saving by installing LED lighting throughout the city Monday night and the savings is no less than staggering. Phase one consisted of Main Street to the highway, and the cost to replace the 132 fixtures was $34,636 with the first year total savings in electricity at $17,425. This makes the payback period just shy of two years. “On that phase alone we will be saving $17K plus a year so it’s definitely a must for the city,” said Hogan.
Phase two consists of changing over Jane Street, Loder Street, and John Street with a total of 109 fixtures which will be completed by this summer with a cost of $12,928. The first year savings alone on this phase will be over $14,000 which means that project will pay for itself in less than a year.
“The bulbs are durable,” stated the Mayor, “With warranties of 10 years plus, which in turn should makes them profitable 10 times over in the long run.” Hogan also noted that the light now emitted is bright white instead of the pale yellow characteristic of the old lights, which in turn greatly enhances visibility.
Also getting the new LED lighting is the water treatment plant at a cost of $13,510 with a savings of $5,361 per year with that payback period being around 2.5 years.
According to Hogan, the city is only changing over what they own, as NYSEG owns a majority of the fixtures and changing those are up to their discretion. “There are a few communities that have taken over their entire lighting fixture grid, at a cost of possibly in the millions,” said Hogan, “but we haven’t gotten to that point yet, but it would be something to consider in the future.”