Converting the municipal streetlight network to an LED “smart control” system is expected to drastically cut energy costs in Brownsburg-Chatham.

The City of Brownsburg-Chatham recently announced that it will be investing nearly $350,000 to upgrade 518 streetlights. The project will be completed by mid-January and will affect residents in the Brownsburg, Dalesville, Pine Hill, Saint-Philippe Est and La Grotte sectors.

In a written statement issued by the city, Public Works Director Sonja Lauzon said that the upgrade is expected to cut energy usage by about 70 per cent, saving the city about $21,500 per year in energy costs.

“On top of its high energy efficiency potential, LED technology is well-known for its durability. As a result, the City of Brownsburg-Chatham will see its yearly maintenance costs drop by $13,500,” said Lauzon.

Each of the LED lights will be lit for an average of 11 hours per day and is expected to remain operational for at least 25 years. Energere has been awarded the contract to carry out the lighting upgrade and to offer technical support to the city for the next 10 years.

Other local municipalities, including Champlain Township and The Nation, have undertaken similar projects.