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NEW ORLEANS, (WVUE) -
Work begins Monday to bring new and better lighting to neighborhoods across the city, an issue that was the focus of several FOX 8 Defenders reports.
The city said it will spend $14.7 million to convert about 20,000 streetlights to energy-efficient LED streetlights. The LED lights have longer lifespan – up to 10 years – and use 30 to 50 percent less energy.
Crews will convert 600 streetlights per week during the next 12 months.
"We have crews deployed this morning in five neighborhoods - Central City, Seventh Ward, St. Roch, B.W. Cooper and Gert Town," said Mark Jernigan with the Department of Public Works.
"We're using over $14 million in energy smart funding for the conversions," he added.
The boxy metal lights don't look remarkable. But when it comes to safety and savings, they are.
"The design life of an led is 7-10 years versus 2-3 years for a conventional fixture," said Jernigan. "The LEDs use 30-50 percent less energy than conventional street lights."
From St. Charles Avenue to St. Roch, the cries for action were heard. Now, months of work begin.
"We're looking at 8 to 12 months for the entire program. Fifteen crews devoted to this effort, they're going to work six-days a week from sun up to sun down," added Jernigan.
In April, the City Council passed a resolution authorizing the one-time Energy Smart funds. The money comes from an Entergy account for an energy savings program, and ratepayers pay nothing extra.
Outages are identified from reports to the NOLA 311 system. Residents can report outages Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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