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In this Tribune file photo, LED lights are pictured on a Welland street. Port Colborne will be undergoing a streetlight retrofit similar to the Rose City, converting all of its fixtures to LEDs.
Energy savings were in the spotlight at Port Colborne city hall Monday.
Council awarded a contract for $934,490 to Ingersoll-based CRU Solutions to see the city's streetlights converted to energy-efficient LEDs.
The project, which will see 1,880 fixtures retrofitted, will be funded through a 10-year debenture.
Ward 3 Coun. Bea Kenny was supportive of the conversion, which she believes will bring "immense savings" to Port Colborne.
The annual electricity savings is expected to range from $163,000 to $197,000 a year, said chief administrative officer Bob Heil said Tuesday.
Under the new system, the existing streetlight levy of $347,200 will be reduced to between $225,000 to $258,000, he said. Port Colborne, he added, will be left with $90,000 to $120,000 in savings to apply to other capital works.
Ten contractors and suppliers picked up tender packages for the project, but only two turned in bids prior to the Aug. 11 deadline, Port Colborne projects and design manager Chris Lee said. A second bid was received by another company, but was rejected after being deemed incomplete.
A maintenance contract on the system was also awarded to CRU solutions with provisional pricing estimated at $281,712.00 over 10 years. The dollar value was estimated by city staff based on previous maintenance records, Lee said.
The lights, with a 20-year lifespan, are under a 10 year warranty, but maintenance may have to be done due to storm damage or damage caused by car crashes, he said.
"If we're fortunate enough to not have any accidents, that number will be zero," Lee said, while continuing to add that's likely "wishful thinking."
Maintenance costs will be covered under the city's existing streetlight maintenance budget.
CRU Solutions has hired subcontractor Sid Grabell Contracting Ltd., of Port Robinson, to undertake all of the field installation, warranty and long-term maintenance work.
Sid Grabell Contracting has previously done work for Port Colborne, including setup of all temporary power supplies during the most recent Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival.