Las Vegas Bets It All on White with Energy-Saving LED Streetlights from GE

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — May 9, 2012 — (NYSE:GE) — Las Vegas is best known for the bright lights of ‘The Strip’; but thanks to new LED fixtures from GE Lighting, the city’s surrounding streets are starting to take on a shine of their own. Far from a gamble, an investment in new brighter streetlights will soon save The Entertainment Capital of the World nearly $1.7 million in annual energy costs by reducing electricity use by more than 20 million kilowatt hours (kWhs).
 
Lowering expenses with LEDs
Nearly 6,600 GE Evolve™ LED Roadway fixtures have already replaced mercury vapor and high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights on arterial streets and residential thoroughfares throughout Las Vegas. As a result, the city will consume approximately 2.2 million fewer kWhs this year, equating to $175,000 in energy savings.
 
This spring, Las Vegas will launch the second phase of its street lighting update, installing 35,000 additional Evolve LED Roadway fixtures over the next 12 months. Stage-two utility savings alone will exceed $1.5 million a year by diminishing electricity use by more than 18 million kWhs.
 
Upon project completion, more than 80 percent of Las Vegas’ 50,000 streetlights will be powered by GE fixtures. And while previous streetlights lasted about four years on average, GE’s new Evolve Roadway LEDs have a longer life estimated at more than 11 years based on 12 hours use per day—significantly extending the time between maintenance cycles. The city calculates this will yield an additional $1 million cost benefit, bringing combined annual energy and maintenance savings to $2.7 million. The bright white light produced by the LED light source further improves visibility on streets.
 
"Las Vegas has a strong commitment to the environment, and we are recognized internationally for our green initiatives," says Las Vegas City Manager Elizabeth N. Fretwell. "People who don't live in Southern Nevada may not think of Las Vegas when they talk about the environment and energy efficiency, but the truth is our city is a leader in these areas."
 
City of Las Vegas
More than 41,000 Evolve LED fixtures will save Las Vegas nearly $2.7 million in annual energy and maintenance street lighting costs combined.


Making a local bid
The Las Vegas lighting project was opened to public bid in late 2010 and allowed for all types of illumination technologies. Design Concepts, Inc. (DCI), GE Lighting’s authorized Las Vegas representative agency, met with city officials to tout the advantages of an LED solution. Among many different competitors and technology offerings, GE was selected as one of five finalists to participate in an extended trial that concluded in March 2011.
 
“This was a long and rigorous testing and qualifying process,” explains Bob King, president and CEO of DCI. “The city conducted a thorough study in cooperation with a local engineering consulting firm familiar with the city’s roadway lighting requirements as set forth by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada. Ultimately, the decision fell to a team of lighting experts who meticulously analyzed performance, construction, engineered design characteristics, aesthetics and long-term value.”
 
In April 2011, GE was awarded the contract for the first 6,600 fixtures. In early 2012, the city proceeded with phase two of the lighting update with an additional 35,000 fixtures. The complete project represents the largest roadway lighting contract in GE Lighting’s history.
 
“Our products are designed to compete from an overall performance perspective,” explains Pete Porte, western regional manager for GE Lighting. “From light levels to street size dimensions to pole heights, the specification put forth by the RTC of Southern Nevada was based on meeting myriad criteria. We hit all the marks with an efficient fixture that yields up to a 60 percent reduction in energy consumption compared to standard high-intensity discharge (HID) systems.”
 
DCI coordinated LED fixture fulfillment through local distributor Crescent Electric Supply Company and electrical contractor TransCore to provide installation services for the majority of Las Vegas’ new streetlights.
 
GE and DCI further engaged the city’s maintenance and energy management teams in discussions that produced an NV Energy utility rebate, while Crescent Electric coordinated a recycling program for Las Vegas’ old HPS fixtures that will provide the city a direct credit that will be applied to the purchase of the new LED lights.
 
An environmental payout
By transitioning to more than 41,000 GE Evolve LED Roadway fixtures over the next year, Las Vegas will remove more than 12,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from its atmosphere annually. This is equivalent to eliminating the CO2 emissions of more than 2,300 passenger cars or to planting more than 3,200 acres of trees.*
 
Evolve LED Roadway fixtures are designed to meet recommended luminance and illuminance requirements for local and major highway and street classifications. Advanced reflective optic technology effectively directs light where it’s needed, improves horizontal and vertical uniformity and reduces glare. A refined thermal management system incorporates a robust heat sink directly in the fixture to ensure maximum heat transfer for long LED life. These energy-efficient fixtures can also be paired with programmable dimming options for even greater control and savings.
 
For more information on the GE Lighting products used in this project, visit www.gelightingsolutions.com.
 
About GE Lighting
GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business employs over 17,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products under the Reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and Evolve™, GTx, Immersion™, Infusion™, Lumination™ and Tetra® commercial brands, all trademarks of GE. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information, visit www.gelighting.com.
 
*Assumptions used for calculations
Assumption
Value
Unit
Source
Web Address
U.S. average commercial electricity price
0.11
$/kWh $/kWh
Based on 2009-2010 EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook projections (http://www.eia.doe.gov/cfapps/STEO_
TableBuilder/index.cfm), accessed 5/6/09
U.S. Grid CO2 emissions are 0.603 metric tons/MWh
0.603
metric tons CO2/MWh
US EPA - eGRID2007 v1.1 (data from 2005) - eGRID2007V1_1_year05_aggregation.xls
1 acre of forest sequesters about 3.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide/year
3.7
metric tons CO2/acre*year
US EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division - Unit Conversions, Emissions Factors, and Other Reference Data (2004)
Annual CO2 emission per average Passenger Car
5.2
metric tons CO2/year
US EPA - Emission Facts: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Typical Passenger Vehicle (February 2005)