New energy-efficient streetlights are going up in Hamilton that will save the town government money for years to come.
A total of 558 streetlights in Hamilton are currently being replaced with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights, according to Vicky Masone, an engineer who serves as the energy manager for the towns of Hamilton and Wenham.
There were three lights initially installed on Porter Street in Wenham – near Hamilton-Wenham Public Library – and another three lights around the corner on Perkins Street earlier this summer as part of a pilot program to test out the lights. Wenham DPW Director Bill Tyack didn’t receive any negative feedback, said Masone.
The town of Hamilton recently bought the lights for $1, rather than leasing them, and the town will save an estimated $24,953 each year in operating costs – a 60% reduction.
“The big savings will be in the reduced energy charges after the conversion is complete,” said Hamilton DPW Director Bill Redford.
The project is being paid through an $188,652 Green Communities grant and $55,000 in town money. National Grid has also contributed $30,000 as an incentive to do an energy efficiency upgrade. The total cost of the project is $272,000.
The work started on Sept. 14 and will last two to three weeks before workers move on to do a similar project in Wenham.
Want to know more? Check the Energy Page on the Town of Hamilton’s website.