State Grant Will Help Pay for New LED Street Lights in TC
[Last Updated: 1/3/2012 4:14:54 PM]

For Immediate Release


Contact:  Jim Cooper, Key Accounts & Marketing Mgr., Traverse City Light & Power

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State Grant Will Help Pay for New LED Street Lights in TC

 (Traverse City, Michigan) — Traverse City Light & Power (L&P) will be implementing a $250,000 Michigan Energy Efficiency Block Grant for purchasing energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights that will be installed in a variety of places throughout the City of Traverse City. L&P will provide another $62,500 to effectively purchase $312,500 in LED systems. According to Jim Cooper, Key Accounts and Marketing Manager for L&P, the grant will help purchase an estimated 205 street lights to expand a pilot LED project begun along West Front Street, as well as an estimated 100 outdoor lights and 50 building lights. Depending upon the location, installation will be contributed by L&P or handled by building staff or contractors.


LED lights are said to provide the same illumination as existing lights while using only half the wattage. Cooper says LEDs do not have a filament and are generally not damaged under circumstances when a regular incandescent bulb would be broken. LED lights are also said to last up to 6 - 10 times longer than compact fluorescents, and far longer than typical incandescents.


Terms of the grant require L&P to collect data detailing the energy and cost savings of the LED installations, as well as communicate those results to the community and encourage further use of LED lights.


The LED project is part of a larger Block Grant awarded to Grand Traverse County and the City of Traverse City. The county and city Block Grant is for improving lighting and other energy efficient measures at their respective facilities. 


The grants were part of $17.4 million awarded by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG) to 125 cities, villages, townships and counties to support local energy efficiency projects. The block grants are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, otherwise known as the Federal Stimulus program.


Traverse City Light & Power ( is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers energy at low rates in the region to over 11,000 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.


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