City of Boaz Solar Street Lights
A strip of new solar-powered light emitting-diode (LED) streetlights were in the spotlight last week as Boaz, Alabama, Mayor Tim Walker and other city officials celebrated the installation of a new street-lighting project.
The new streetlights were installed with grant funds from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and $221,900 from the Energy Department through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.
The EECBG funds made it possible for the city to replace 36 aging and outdated mercury vapor lights along U.S. Highway 431. The installation is part of a pilot program with the Alabama Department of Transportation to determine the feasibility of installing more LED lights, and if successful, Alabama hopes to retrofit additional street lamps with this new lighting technology.
The new lights are anticipated to save the city up to $7,000 per year and will reduce light pollution. The LED lights will direct more light downwards onto the highway rather than the night sky, making for a safer, more pleasant driving experience.
– from Energy.gov article