The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (WMLP) has completed the retrofit of between 2,850 and 3,100 streetlights with Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures. The streetlight retrofit will eliminate 1,025,959 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year, a reduction that is the equivalent of taking 152 regular-sized passenger vehicles off the road. In addition to the environmental benefits, Wellesley taxpayers will save as much as $133,400 annually beginning in Fiscal Year 2019.
This project was partially funded by a contribution from the Wellesley Board of Selectmen and a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). The Municipal Light Board approved the funding for the remaining amount from the WMLP's available cash.
The specific cost breakdown is:
Total LED cost
Board of Selectmen contribution
These LED streetlights are expected to last an average of 20 years and save Wellesley taxpayers an estimated $2.6 million during that time period.