Meriden upgrading city building lights

Meriden upgrading city building lights

MERIDEN — The city plans to conduct a second wave of LED light conversions in partnership with Eversource Energy at three fire stations and two municipal buildings.

Officials say the change will produce long-term savings on utility bills.

By partnering with Eversource, the city could finance the $154,517 project, with the utility covering 40 percent of the cost and charging no interest for 60 months. The city recently completed LED conversions at City Hall, the Police Department, Meriden Markham Municipal Airport, and four other buildings for $452,000.

The second phase of the conversion would upgrade lights at fire companies 3, 4, and 5, the highway department and buildings in Hubbard Park. 

“It indirectly benefits the fire department because we’ll have better lighting, but it directly benefits the city as a whole because the cost of lighting the fire stations will go down substantially," said Fire Chief and acting City Manager Ken Morgan.

The project is expected to save the city substantially on energy costs and, through the financing plan, be paid for over three years.

“Everything after that is savings,” Morgan said. 

The City Council’s Finance Committee approved the project last week. The matter is set to go before the full City Council on Monday.

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