Carson City, NV - December 10, 2014
The streets of Alamo and Panaca are bathed in the glow of newly installed, energy efficient streetlights thanks to a $25,000 grant awarded by the Governor’s Office of Energy.
The GOE grant allowed Lincoln County Power District No. 1, which provides electric power in east-central Nevada, to purchase 92 light emitting diode (LED) lights to replace the existing street lights in both towns.
“Illuminating the streets of Alamo and Panaca fits in perfectly with our mission to collaborate with local partners to ensure reliable and sustainable energy systems,” said GOE Director Paul Thomsen. “These streetlights will conserve energy and lower power bills.”
The new LED streetlights use 52% less energy than the old streetlights, while still providing the same lighting output. The new streetlights are expected to be maintenance free for a minimum of 10 years, reducing the time and money needed to replace bulbs.
“The funding provided through the Governor’s Office of Energy allowed this project to go forward,” said David Luttrell, General Manager of the Power District. “Without it, these two towns would not have been able to make the conversion to the new energy efficient lighting. We appreciated working with the staff of the Energy Office.”
The streetlight funding came from GOE’s State Energy Program (SEP) formula grant, an annual source of federal funds from the Department of Energy used to improve the reliability and maintain the affordability of energy supplies for Nevada residents and businesses. Examples of past SEP funding include grants to Sand Harbor State Park at Lake Tahoe for the installation of solar panels, and to Valley Electric Association to support the installation of solar hot water heating systems in homes.
About the Governor's Office of Energy
The Governor’s Office of Energy oversees energy programs required through statute and those that help to meet the mission of the office, which is to ensure the wise development of Nevada’s energy resources in harmony with local community economic needs and Nevada natural resources. For more information about GOE, please visit www.energy.nv.gov.
About Lincoln County Power District
Lincoln County Power District No. 1 (LCPD) was created in 1935 after the Nevada State Legislature passed an act that provided for the creation of power districts. Today, LCPD distributes power from the Colorado River Commission of Nevada and other sources, and serves an area in excess of 10,000 square miles in Lincoln and Clark Counties. For more information about LCPD, please visit www.lcpd1.com.