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February 22, 2021
Quick Overview of LED Streetlights - Streetlight Conversion

The City of Santa Fe proposes to replace 5,550 high-pressure sodium streetlights with LEDs that save electricity and money, enhance public safety, and reduce light pollution. The Governing Body will hold a Public Hearing on the matter Wednesday, February 24. The City offers the following information in advance of the hearing and in response to questions that have surfaced about the project in recent days.

FAQ: Why use City of Albuquerque’s contractor?
 

Switching to LED enables the City to employ a new contractor who can be held to new levels of accountability for the performance and maintenance of the lights. The City proposes to work with the same contractor as The City of Albuquerque, which completed the LED conversion about 1.5 years ago.

The Santa Fe procurement manual allows for use of existing contracts entered into by other public entities, so we can take advantage of the other city’s work and experience to solve the same problems.

The City of Santa Fe needs a contractor that has local presence, knowledge, and equipment to maintain our streetlights. Having performed Albuquerque’s conversion and maintenance, Dalkia has that capacity. Dalkia also has a working relationship with PNM, which will still own and maintain approximately half of the lights in Santa Fe.

By executing this project, we are creating infrastructure capacity for other cities in New Mexico to convert their streetlights to energy saving LEDs that protect the night sky.

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