LED Streetlights

The City kicked off its first smart city project in January 2018 with the implementation of new LED street lights across the city. The project was made possible by the City's acquisition of its streetlights from Central Maine Power. Portland was the first city in Maine to do this under the provisions of a state law that was enacted in 2013. The City partnered with TEN Connected Solutions and Bernstein Shur to complete the ownership transfer and install the new LED fixtures. Buying the streetlights and converting them to LED provides the City with more than $1 million in savings annually. It also reduces electrical use for street lighting by 2.7 million kWh per year and contributes to safer streets by providing better quality light.

The Cree RSW lights selected provide the best lighting quality, offer the greatest energy savings of all the models submitted and follow the recommendations of the American Medical Association. They are also certified "Dark Sky Approved" by the International Dark Skies Association. In fact, the International Dark Sky Association featured the City of Portland's lighting project on their blog and describes how it reduces light pollution and protects the darkness.  You can read about it here.

In addition to the LED streetlight installation, the City conducted pilot projects of LED lighting on pedestrian scale light poles, installed LED lighting to illuminate the exterior of City Hall, installed new LED lighting for Deering Oaks fountain, converted the lighting in the Elm Street Garage and the Spring Street Garage to LED, and installed new lighting on West Commercial Street and at Angela’s Acre.

Next steps in the LED streetlight initiative include upgrading lighting at the Payson Park softball field, upgrading decorative lighting throughout the City, and converting lights on pedestrian scale poles.