CLARK—PSE&G is installing energy efficient streetlights in New Jersey municipalities, including Clark. The new fixtures are brighter, last four times longer, and cost less to operate than older, existing models. The upgrades will provide an environmentally friendly source of light in addition to helping lower municipal lighting bills.
“This program is a win-win for the communities we serve,” said Ralph LaRossa, president and COO of PSE&G. “It brings a new green source of lighting to our neighborhoods as it provides some relief to municipal budgets.”
PSE&G will invest $50 million to provide the energy efficient street lighting to the 220 municipalities in its service area. The lighting change-out is part of a $700 million capital program designed to stimulate the economy and provide jobs over two years by accelerating electric and gas infrastructure projects.
The new “green” fixtures last up to 100,000 hours before they need maintenance, use 30 to 40 percent less electricity, and contain significantly less mercury than the mercury vapor units they are replacing. They provide a number of additional benefits over mercury vapor lighting. They are a white light source that allows the eye to see objects more clearly. An electronic driver in the fixture allows for maximum energy efficiency, as less than five percent of energy consumed is lost to heat.
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