McCarter applauds Cheltenham, Springfield and Jenkintown for upgrading to LED streetlights and reducing carbon emissions

GLENSIDE, May 1 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, congratulated Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough today for their participation in the Regional Streetlight Procurement Project, an energy savings project to upgrade streetlights, exterior lights and traffic signals in 35 southeastern Pennsylvania communities.  

“Congratulations to each of these communities for taking steps to reduce both their energy budgets and CO2 emissions,” McCarter said. “This is a great example of what can be accomplished when local, regional and state governments work together to reduce costs and increase efficiency.”

Lighting costs typically account for 60-70 percent of a local government’s energy budget. McCarter said the project upgrades more than 26,000 streetlights, exterior lights and traffic signals. The 35 municipalities expect to achieve annual reductions of over 10,000 megawatt hours; 5,400 metric tons of CO2 emissions; and almost one million dollars in annual energy and operating costs. Construction is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

The Regional Streetlight Procurement Project is led by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) in concert with the Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance Program (PennSEF) offered by state Treasurer Joe Torsella and the Pennsylvania Treasury Department and the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment.

Program details were discussed at a press event and reception held earlier today in Eagleville, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the new LED lights and technology and their potential impact on energy use and costs.