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Township to continue upgrade to LED streetlights

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

From Egypt to Fullerton and Cementon to West Catasauqua — and areas in between, like Darktown — Whitehall Township’s streets and neighborhoods will soon appear much brighter at night.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. has reported an upgrade in street lighting — state-of-the art LED lights along streets in the township.

The program began in 2016, with the Village Green, Rolling Hills and Pine Tree communities hooked up with the LED lights. Hozza’s 2017 proposed budget looks to spend approximately $1 million to convert the remaining township-owned streetlights to LED technology.

The upgrade will include the same lumens; however, a bright white light will be emitted rather than the yellow light now in place, according to Hozza.

The township pays an annual electric bill of $130,000 to PPL Electric Utilities. When the conversion to LED lighting is complete, the township expects its annual PPL bill to decrease to $65,000 over a 12-month period. The savings generated would be earmarked for the repayment of the debt needed to pay for the LED conversion, Hozza said.

The funding is not expected to come out of real estate taxes received from property owners.

And working with PPL, the township would be eligible to receive rebate monies after the conversion is complete.

Hozza said the administration will seek Requests for Proposals from companies interested in receiving the contract to work on the lights conversion.