Ohio electric utility Toledo Edison has begun installing about 1,000 LED streetlight fixtures in a residential neighborhood along Cricket Lane in Perrysburg.
The move is part of Perrysburg’s streetlight conversion project worth $251,000, Toledo’s parent company FirstEnergy says.
Compared to the previous high-pressure sodium lights, the new LEDs are about 50 percent more energy-efficient and projected to save the city around $30,000 annually. Additionally, they are expected to last 15 to 20 years, a significant improvement over the previous lights’ lifespan of three to five years.
The entire cost of the streetlight conversion project is covered by federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, and city officials estimate a return on investment of approximately six years. Toledo Edison serves around 315,000 customers in northwest Ohio.
According to FirstEnergy, communities across its service areas in Ohio and beyond are witnessing significant improvements in visibility and security with the installation of LED streetlighting. (Story continues after links)
“More and more communities, like Perrysburg, are investing in projects that will pay for themselves over and over in terms of cost savings, and this LED streetlight project is a prime example,” said Jim Veglia, Director of Operations for Toledo Edison. “We look forward to seeing how these improvements will benefit this city where we proudly live and work.”
“Beyond their cost-saving benefits, LED streetlights play a key role in reducing crime and keeping local communities safe,” said Perrysburg Mayor Tom Mackin. “We are eager for Toledo Edison workers to replace all of our existing streetlights with LEDs this year.”
FirstEnergy serves customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York through its 10 electric distribution companies. The company's transmission subsidiaries operate around 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.