Large Urban Subdivisions to Receive 8,800 LED Streetlight Conversions in 2019-20
June 20, 2019
About 8,800 streetlights in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Lloydminster will be upgraded with Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures this year. The work is part of a ten-year project to replace all of SaskPower’s nearly 100,000 streetlights in the province.
“LEDs use only 40 to 60 per cent of the energy required to power the High-Pressure Sodium Vapour (HPSV) streetlights currently in use in the province,” said Shawn Schmidt, SaskPower Vice-President of Distribution & Customer Services. “Converting all Saskatchewan’s streetlights to LED will reduce the energy demand for streetlighting and help reduce SaskPower’s carbon footprint.”
In addition to using less power than HPSV, LEDs have a much longer, 20-year life expectancy. This low-maintenance feature of LEDs will mean fewer streetlight outages, improving public and employee safety and freeing crews to focus on other work. SaskPower’s LED heads will illuminate the same area as traditional streetlights and are dark-sky compliant, meaning they should reduce light pollution.
LEDs were piloted in a variety of environments in late 2017 before proceeding to a full rollout. Thus far conversions have been completed in heavy traffic corridors in large cities, provincial/national parks, and heavy traffic corridors in small cities. During the next eight years LED conversions are planned for large towns, small city subdivisions, small towns, villages, hamlets and rural areas. The work will be performed by SaskPower crews and contractors.
For more information about this work please visit LED Streetlights.
June is National Electricity Month. Electricity goes hand in hand with quality of life and SaskPower is participating in the Canadian Electricity Association’s activities all month long. To learn more, visit www.electricity.ca.
At a glance...
- Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Lloydminster will see 8,800 lights changed out in 2019-2020
- The total investment for this year is $2.8 million
- SaskPower maintains approx. 98,000 streetlights throughout Saskatchewan, all of which will be converted to LED during the current 10-year period