New energy efficient street lighting

Aug 8, 2017

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is upgrading more than 300 street lights this summer to decrease energy consumption. The replacement program is occurring in all neighbourhoods, with the goal of replacing all light fixtures with LED technology. Whistler's lighting strategy aims to provide enough light to ensure safety on municipal roads and in public spaces without overpowering the nightscape. The light fixtures have shut-off sensors and timers to maximize energy efficiency, and they direct light downward to avoid light pollution.

Energy conservation continues to be the foundation of the RMOW's approach to climate responsibility, and this project supports recommendations in the RMOW's Community Energy and Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The street light upgrade will save approximately 107,600 kilowatt-hours of energy annually the equivalent of the total amount of energy used by five Whistler homes as well as operational costs, because LED lights need to be replaced far less often.

Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said, "Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is one of the most significant actions we can take as a community to maintain our leadership role in solving the global climate crisis. Whistler is committed to energy tracking and year-round energy conservation. Upgrading these street lights is one of many steps we are taking to reduce energy consumption at a municipal level, while also protecting the natural environment and even starry skies which we cherish."

"The impacts of climate change are not distant," added the Mayor, "and municipal changes alone will not address this issue. Taking personal actions such as separating kitchen scraps to compost, installing moisture sensors on sprinkler systems, and going car-free one day every week are simple ways to make a measurable difference." 

Read more about Whistler's energy performance and find energy saving tips for your home, transportation or business. To encourage residents to become more energy efficient at home, the RMOW is offering $250 rebate towards home energy assessments. Find details at whistler.ca/powerdown. Learn more at www.whistler.ca/climateaction.

For more information:

Resort Municipality of Whistler

4325 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia
Canada, V0N 1B4
Tel: (604) 932-5535

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