LED Streetlight Retrofit Project

In 2017, the Town of Corte Madera joined other jurisdictions in Marin County in switching to 100% renewable energy via Marin Clean Energy’s (MCE) Deep Green program. Retrofitting existing streetlight fixtures with LED lights will use less natural resources and will help offset the cost of the effective rate increase by switching to Deep Green. Similar projects in neighboring jurisdictions have resulted in up to a 40% reduction in municipal streetlight energy use upon project completion. By converting streetlights to LED, the Town will reduce its energy consumption and costs while improving existing light intensity levels as well as reducing frequency of light replacement.

Based on input from the community, Town Council, prior Public Works staff, and the Marin Public Facilities Energy Management Team; this item was included in the 2-year Capital Improvement Plan in June 2019 and subsequently brought to Town Council as an agenda item in Summer of 2019. Some of the early criticisms of LED bulbs were that they were too bright white and were disruptive to sleep. However standard LED color temperature has evolved to become more closely resembling the warm yellow hue of traditional High Pressure Sodium (HPS) bulbs, see in-depth discussion on color temperature, Image 1. Through many installations nationwide, communities have become fond and comfortable with these installations and embrace the environmental and cost savings benefits that accompany these projects.

In 2017, LED retrofits were installed along Paradise Drive between Harbor Drive and Seawolf Passage as part of a pilot project so the community and Town staff could witness the appearance and performance of streetlights that are illuminated by LED as opposed to High Pressure Sodium bulbs. Additionally, in 2019 two LED retrofits were installed near the intersection of Willow Avenue and Tamalpais Drive as a nearby example of LED retrofits (see Image 2 for location).

To access the FAQ page related to this project, please click here

Next Steps: Town Council Public Hearing on February 2, 2021 to authorize Public Works to execute a facility financing Contract with Tanko Streetlighting to start the project design phase.

Status: Design phase

Project Type(s): Capital Improvement Project

Construction Schedule: If authorized, the construction phase would start later in 2021 with anticipated completion before the end of 2021.

For more information, contact Jared Barrilleaux jbarrilleaux@tcmmail.org for follow-up questions.


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LED Retrofits