CDOT Announces Installation of 200K Energy-Efficient Streetlights

Rob Hart
February 17, 2020 - 1:21 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The City of Chicago has reached a major milestone.  

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced Monday that the city's streetlight modernization program has installed 200,000 LED streetlights.

The Chicago Smart Lighting Program, which launched in September 2017, is on track to reach the goal of 270,000 new lights by 2021.

The city hopes to replace the old high pressure sodium lights with the more modern, energy efficient LED lights to provide clearer, more reliable outdoor lighting.  It's projected to cut electricity costs by $100 million over the first 10 years.

“Today marks a major milestone towards delivering safer, cleaner, more efficient, and more affordable lighting for Chicago’s residents and businesses, all while creating good, well-paying jobs across our city and saving our taxpayers millions of dollars,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, in a statement. “As we progress toward our goal of 270,000 new lights by next year, we will continuously be seeking other new ways to modernize and transform our infrastructure in order to better serve our communities, support the environment, and stand as a model for the nation.”

In addition to reducing the City’s electricity costs for streetlights by about $10 million per year, the City is earning ComEd energy efficiency incentive rebates. Total anticipated rebates over the four years program are estimated at $35 million. The electricity savings and rebates are expected to offset much of the $160 million cost of the program.

Installations in the first half of 2020 will be taking place in the community areas of Hegewisch, South Deering, West Lawn, West Edison, Archer Heights, McKinley Park, Bridgeport, Douglas and Amour Square on the South Side and Avondale, Irving Park, Rogers Park and Edgewater on the North Side.

To track the progress and view an interactive map that shows areas that will receive new lights, visit: www.ChicagoSmartLighting.org.