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Columbia River People's Utility District, the city of Columbia City and Bonneville Power Administration have partnered on a project to replace the city's street lights with more efficient fixtures.
The project involved replacing 75 mercury vapor street light fixtures with more efficient high pressure sodium fixtures, which use less energy and improve the quality of the light output.
The total project cost was approximately $19,875. The PUD secured $5,100 from a BPA conservation fund to help the city pay for the project. The city will pay the remaining costs from the bill savings of the more efficient street lights. Once the cost of the project is recovered, the city will lower its monthly street lighting costs by 25 percent.
"We have reduced glare and light pollution, increased visibility on our streets and at intersections, and significantly reduced our lighting costs," City Administrator Leahnette Rivers said. "We hope to invest the money saved into improvements to underlit areas within our street lighting system."
"Most people noticed and appreciated the improvements with reduced glare and actually seeing the light in the street where it should be," Bill Guy, city councilman, said.
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