Although replacing all of West Richland’s 1,097 streetlight fixtures with LEDs made long-term financial sense, the project came with a hefty pricetag. However, the energy-saving measure was eligible for a series of grants and incentives.

  • $1,150,765: Total project cost
  • $195,000: Rebates and power incentives from Benton REA
  • $281,937: Energy efficiency grant from the Washington Department of Commerce

The city will pay the remaining $673,828 with a 12-year, low-interest loan through the Washington State Treasurer.

“For the first 10 to 12 years, we’ll basically break even by using the energy savings to cover our loan payments,” says Public Works Director Roscoe Slade. He also expects to save money on maintenance because the lights are covered by a 10-year warranty.

“The important thing is that it’s a sustainable, long-term solution.”

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