The video below is featured on a blog from the Dept. of Energy, and highlights the merits of the ARRA-funded LED Traffic Lights Project.
The Philadelphia Streets Department is converting 58,000 yellow and green traffic signals and will replace approximately 27,000 red LED lights that have come to the end of their useful life. The project will use approximately $3 million in Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant funds, matched with $3 million in PECO funding, and will save the city approximately $1 million in electric costs each year.
The program is part of the larger Greenworks Philadelphia project which commits the city to pursue 15 targets by the year 2015, including:
- Lower city government energy consumption by 30 percent from 2008 levels
- Purchase/generate 20 percent of citywide electricity from renewable sources
- Reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels
- Divert 70 percent of solid waste from landfills
- Reduce vehicle miles traveled by 10 percent from 2005 levels
For more information on the Recovery Act in Philadelphia, please visit www.phila.gov/recovery.
For more information on Recovery Act projects funded by the Department of Energy in Pennsylvania: http://www.energy.gov/recovery/pa.htm