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Rockland votes to buy streetlights, convert to LEDs

By Stephen Betts | Dec 14, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Mark Carter of RealTerm Energy showed Rockland City Councilors samples of LED streetlights at a June 3 meeting.

Rockland — The Rockland City Council voted unanimously Monday night to take two actions that will both save money and energy.

The Council approved an agreement Dec. 16 to purchase approximately 690 streetlights from Central Maine Power.

And then the Council voted to approve a contract with RealTerm Energy US, LP of Annapolis, Maryland, for the conversion of those public streetlights to light emitting diodes (LEDs).

City councilors were shown samples of the lights at their June 3 meeting.

The city will be able to control the lights' intensity individually or by groups via computer.

The cost to buy the lights from CMP is $188,172 and the cost of the contract with RealTerm is $350,036.

The city is projecting to save $92,000 annually with the lights and should be able to recoup its investment in six years and after that will continue with the savings.

Councilor Valli Geiger said the lights would be pointed down to preserve dark skies. And the lights be of a warm nature. She said the controls are important so the lights could be brighter in commercial neighborhood but not as bright in residential neighborhoods if residents want.

The lights have a 10-year warranty but an expected life of more than 20 years, according to the company.

The conversion is one of the steps recommended in the city's climate action plan developed by the Energy Advisory Committee.

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Comments (10)
Posted by: Valli Genevieve Geiger | Dec 20, 2019 09:17

Mr. Hayward, Rockland does not own the old street lights, CMP does. They own them and will do whatever they usually do with them. They are incandescent bulbs which don't last long.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Dec 16, 2019 09:18

Well I guess all our questions will be answered tonight and of course the vote will be 5-0 to write a check out of YOUR checkbook to fund these new lights.  Well Steve how about this question:  So we can't buy the lights from Amazon we have to purchase from CMP and we already rent from them so why not get CMP to change the lights on their nickel ? I am sure the answer might be:  that it is NOT in CMPs benefit for us to use less electricity.  Well can can hash this over tonight.  I as.sume you will be there.  Alexa, turn out the lights.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Dec 16, 2019 03:59

Sorry, that link will not work.  Anyway, I only read half a page and found out that 435 Main Street is getting a tax break for 12 years if they fix up the buildings that the city asked them to.  WOW!!!!!!  How many other's are getting a tax break on Main Street?

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Dec 16, 2019 03:57

Oh my goodness, Dale, this will really get you in an uproar....

City of Rockland, Maine Annual Budget Fiscal Year 2020:*/ACFrOgAf17vgHBAFaxhrLZ9RFArmJFs7JallmYR1Xf2dxPaWxBse4XVwynz_pLFNh0q6HaKCjDBYGWCWdoxtjsIvr8Gk8_ka6FQ2t_QABXeYPnoP74Oq55rWWxjYO6Q=?print=true

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Dec 16, 2019 03:46


I believe that the City of Rockland "rents" the lights from CMP at a very high cost.  The City of Rockland pays for the electric also.  Please, anyone, correct me if I am wrong.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Dec 15, 2019 12:01

PLEASE, forget it, PLEASE.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Dec 15, 2019 09:51

Why confuse people with the facts, Mr Betts ?

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Dec 15, 2019 09:35

CMP owns the lights now. That is why the article states that the city will vote on buying them from CMP.


Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Dec 15, 2019 09:06

Does the City currently own the streetlights ?  There was talk about the city owning and not renting the lights.  If they are still renting the lights why not let CMP change them on their nickel ?  If, on the other hand, we recently purchased the lights then looks liike we got taken again and you're correct Valerie, "projected savings"  Like buying a $50,000 car to save 10 cents a gallon on gas.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Dec 14, 2019 14:21

Key Wording..."The city is projecting to save $92,000 annually with the lights."  SPEND SPEND SPEND.   EMPTY POCKETS AGAIN TAX PAYERS OF ROCKLAND.  NO SURPRISE'S HERE.



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