NYPA Press Release

Energy-Saving LED Streetlights Installation Begins in Town of Plattsburgh

For Immediate Release: 10/24/22

Contact: Alex Chiaravalle | media.inquiries@nypa.gov | (518) 860-9935


NYPA Partners with Town to Replace all Streetlights with LED Fixtures


New York State More Than Halfway Towards Achieving Goal of Converting 500,000 Street Lights to LED Technology by 2025 Under Smart Street Lighting NY Program


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Town of Plattsburgh are installing energy-efficient SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) LED streetlights throughout the town as part of the state’s Smart Street Lighting NY program. New York has now replaced hundreds of thousands of its streetlights with LED fixtures as part of the state’s goal to replace at least 500,000 streetlights with LED technology by 2025 under Smart Street Lighting NY. The initiative directly supports the goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the most aggressive clean energy law in the nation, through the increased use of energy efficiency by participating municipalities to annually reduce their electricity demand by three percent—equivalent to 1.8 million New York households—by 2025.


The more than $1 million upgrade includes the replacement of the town’s 1,359 streetlights with energy-saving LED fixtures. The project is expected to reduce the town’s greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 70 metric tons annually—the emissions equivalent of consuming more than 7,700 gallons of gasoline. The installation is expected to complete in early 2023.


“NYPA is proud to partner with Plattsburgh to install new, energy-efficient LED streetlights, which will ultimately save the town more than $76,000 in annual energy and maintenance costs,” said NYPA Interim President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll. “The Smart Street Lighting NY program offers municipalities a cost-effective solution that upgrades critical infrastructure while curbing carbon emissions.”


“The Town of Plattsburgh is thrilled to be working with NYPA on this LED conversion,” said Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Michael S. Cashman. “Already Clinton County’s first community designated by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority as a Clean Energy Community, this further advances our commitment to sustainable practices and smart growth. But equally important, this initiative provides cost saving and new efficiencies to our residents.”


As part of the project, NYPA will also install SMART nodes on 44 existing LED streetlights within Plattsburgh. NYPA will also provide long-term maintenance for those lights under its streetlighting maintenance program. Additionally, the town will benefit from a new asset management system to monitor and control the entire streetlight system, providing outage reporting.


Some additional municipalities that have already converted to LED streetlights in collaboration with NYPA include: Albany, Utica, Rochester, Syracuse, and White Plains, among others.


Smart Street Lighting NY: Energy Efficient and Economically Advantageous


NYPA is working with cities, towns, villages and counties throughout New York to fully manage and implement a customer’s transition to LED streetlight technology. NYPA provides upfront financing for the project, with payments to NYPA made in the years following from the cost-savings created by the reduced energy use of the LED streetlights, which are 50 to 65 percent more efficient than alternative street lighting options.


Through this statewide street lighting program, NYPA’s government customers are provided a wide array of lighting options to help meet their individual needs, including specifications on the lights to incorporate SMART technology, which can be used for dozens of other functions, such as cameras and other safety features, weather sensors, Wi-Fi and energy meters.


To further advance the state’s effort to replace existing New York street lighting, in 2020, NYPA launched a new maintenance service to provide routine and on-call maintenance services for LED street lighting fixtures installed by NYPA throughout the state. The new service is available to municipalities that have engaged NYPA to implement a LED street lighting conversion and have elected to install an asset management controls system on their street lighting system, reducing the number of failures and repairs needed after installation is complete.


To learn more about the Smart Street Lighting NY program, visit the program webpage on NYPA’s website.



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