Hundreds of Dearborn streetlights are set to become more energy efficient after Dearborn City Council on Monday approved $158,079.40 in funding for the energy efficiency project.
The project is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, and joins a previous city appropration for $242,223.78 to be used to replace 318 streetlights.
Since the approval of the original project with DTE Energy in April, the pricing per light fixture was reduced from $761 to $529.31. Therefore, the entire order–which will replace 778 fixtures total–will cost a total of $400,303.18.
The new additions to the project will include the replacement of lights in the following areas:
- East of Telegraph, north of Cherry Hill
- South of Michigan Avenue, north of Outer Drive
- South of Outer Drive, north of Dartmouth
- East of Greenfield, south of Tireman
"This is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy Block grant, so they're paid for," Councilman Brian O'Donnell stressed at Monday's council meeting, adding that the energy efficiency of the lights would mean "enhanced savings moving forward" in the city's energy bills.
The city expects to receive $12,400 in rebates from DTE Energy for the project.