PG&E and the city of San Ramon collaborated last month to convert nearly 2,400 non-decorative, PG&E-owned streetlights into energy-efficient LED fixtures.
"Converting our streetlights to LED technology from high-pressure sodium reduces the city's power use by 50% while increasing the product lifespan of our light fixtures by 10 times," San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson said in a statement. "The city fully supports PG&E's work to complete improvements to the lights that they own and maintain within the city."
Work began in November and wrapped up last month, according to PG&E officials. Each installation took approximately 10 minutes per lamp fixture.
LED streetlights use 50-75% less energy than traditional bulbs, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and require less maintenance, according to PG&E officials.
The new LED streetlights, which provide a more natural-looking light, can last up to four times longer than traditional bulbs, and the optical technology in LED lights creates more evenly distributed light, resulting in greater visibility for pedestrians and drivers alike, company officials added.
"PG&E is committed to enhancing public safety and energy efficiency in the communities we serve," said Laura Wetmore, senior manager of PG&E's Mission Division. "We are proud to have collaborated with the city of San Ramon to introduce LED streetlights, brightening our communities while promoting safety and sustainability."
PG&E reps noted that the company offers energy-efficiency rebates and special rates to incentivize the installation of LED fixtures on customer-owned and maintained streetlights, such as those owned by cities. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.