Pasco has been installing new high efficiency streetlights that should bring the city an annual savings of $117,000.
Two energy grants were awarded to the city and Franklin PUD, allowing for replacement of the old-style High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights.
In 2011, a federal government grant led to the installation of so-called induction lights for more than 2,100 fixtures in mostly residential areas, according to the city.
The city’s monthly streetlight power bill then dropped to $18,200, with a $4,300 monthly reduction for an annual savings of $51,600.
Then in 2013, the second grant allowed the city to install more efficient LED lights in about 1,600 fixtures. The streetlight power bill again dropped, now to $12,700 per month.
City officials say the annual savings will help Pasco quickly recoup its $600,000 investment in the new lighting, while also providing residents with streetlights that perform better and last longer.
About 280 High Pressure Sodium lights still need to be replaced.