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The Village is doing so in an attempt to dramatically reduce its energy footprint.
To assist with this effort, Richton Park was awarded a grant by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for efficient upgrades to lighting systems village-wide. This award was based on the community’s leadership in demonstrating the value of investing in energy efficiency and improving the environment. The Village then entered an agreement with Production Distribution Companies (PDC), who has served as project manager for this initiative to assist with facilitation and implementation.
By replacing various lighting fixtures throughout the community, Richton Park will be able to reach their goals of decreasing energy consumption and improving lighting quality. Typical lifespans of LEDs efficiently burn about five times longer than HPS street lights (about 100,000 hours.) LED lighting lasts longer, provides better light, costs less to maintain, and consumes much less energy than existing older lighting fixtures.
This initiative will result in a reduction of utility expenses for the Village. On average, the Village will be saving approximately 485,141 kWh (kilowatt-hours) and $82,500 per year. This will also remove 834,443 pounds of carbon dioxide from the environment, which is the equivalent of planting 8,174 trees. The 10-year savings projection will be well over $917,500.
President Rick Reinbold expressed his excitement about this project, stating “these types of improvements are beneficial to Richton Park in several ways. Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability are what help communities thrive, and we are enthused about having the opportunity to make our community a better place to live, work, and visit.”
To date, lighting replacement has begun throughout all residential neighborhoods where Richton Park operates the lighting. Complementing the Village’s effort, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) is also in the process of replacing all of its lighting fixtures with new LED fixtures.
Soon, construction and replacement of lights at the Metra parking lots, as well as the Village’s Town Center area will begin. Lighting replacement along Sauk Trail, Governors Highway, Richton Road, the Metra parking lot and Town Center will also include decorative street light poles. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of summer 2017.