GENESEO — Geneseo plans to replace its streetlights with LED lights in a move that could equal huge savings in the village budget.
By switching to LED streetlights the village is estimated to save $22,243 per year according to NYPA Energy Manger Casey Mastro. Additionally, there would be no up-front cost to the village to be a part of this project. Mastro said that the payment for the new streetlights would be taken from the money that village saves on their energy bills.
“This project has your savings greater than your debt services,” Mastro said. “The amount that you’re saving is more than what you have budgeted for your utilities. So, you are going to be receiving annual positive operational savings in comparison to the debt service.”
As part of this plan Geneseo joins Avon, Conesus, Lima, and Livonia in the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) first county-wide LED initiative. Mt. Morris has also been asked to consider joining the project, however they have not yet come to a decision. NYPA wants to include as many towns and villages as they can in this project so that it is more cost effective for the individual municipalities. This project also contributes to Governor Cuomo’s goal of replacing 500,000 streetlights with LED lights by 2025.
One of the concerns brought forward by community members at the July 2 village board meeting, where the project was was whether any of the local contractors had the equipment needed to service Geneseo, as well as the other four communities that had already agreed, within the 72-hour time frame that was promised in the proposal. While this was a concern that the Geneseo village board took seriously, the response time that the village receives currently from RG&E is longer than what board members would like to see. Current RG&E service times can be longer than a week, especially when there are storms in the southern areas of the state.
“The arguement is that we would be in a better position than we are now, and we would be spending less money on energy into the bulbs,” Trustee Chris Ivers said.
The village board had planned to switch to LED streetlights at some point in the future. The real decision was whether or not to do so as part of the county wide NYPA project.
“We’ve looked at the documentation, [NYPA] has made the presentations, we are going to have contracts, and I think we should move forward,” Ivers said. “We’re going to go to LED’s; that’s an inevitable future thing, so let’s move.”
The streetlight project is still in the development phase, however August is the last month for municipalities to join the project before it moves forward.