Nova Scotia To Become First in North America To Have All LED Streetlights

Premier's Office/Energy

April 18, 2011 1:43 PM

Nova Scotia's roads and highways will soon be lit exclusively with LED lighting, which will reduce energy costs and lower greenhouse-gas and mercury emissions.

Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, April 18, in Amherst, that the province will introduce legislation to mandate the use of energy-efficient lighting across the province.

"Nova Scotia will become the only province or state in North America to ensure only LED streetlights are used on its roadways," said Premier Dexter. "Nova Scotia is already recognized for our efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The switch to LED streetlights is just another example of what the province is doing to help the country meet its greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets."

Research by the province and Nova Scotia Power shows that switching to LED lights will create energy savings of more than 50 per cent.

When combined with reduced maintenance costs, the estimated annual savings are about $18 million. It will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30,000 tons, and save a half kilogram of mercury each year.

Nova Scotia was the first jurisdiction in North America to institute hard caps for mercury emissions, and since mercury doesn't degrade in the environment, any reduction in output is felt forever.

There are about 120,000 roadway lights in Nova Scotia. Most are owned and operated by Nova Scotia Power, with about 10 per cent that belong to municipalities."

The cost of converting to LED lighting is estimated at about $100 million. Nova Scotia Power will apply to the Utility and Review Board to make the investment. Municipalities and Nova Scotia Power will each have five years to complete the conversion.

Last year, the Town of Amherst, Halifax Regional Municipality, Berwick, Canso, Lunenburg, Antigonish and Mahone Bay received funding through the ecoNova Scotia fund to begin converting street lights to LED lighting.

"Converting to LED lighting was a great decision for the Town of Amherst," said Amherst Mayor Robert Small. "We expect to save approximately $85,000 this year alone in energy and maintenance costs. And over the 20 year life span of the LED lights, we expect savings to be in excess of $2.3 million. This is great news for the taxpayers in our municipality. Plus, we can feel good knowing that we are doing our bit to make the air we breathe cleaner."

Earlier this year, the province announced it was converting 2,500 high-pressure sodium highway lights to LED lights. A Nova Scotia supplier of LED streetlights, LED Roadway Lighting Limited in Amherst, is the manufacturer of those lights.


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     Nova Scotia's roads and highways will soon be lit

exclusively with LED lighting, which will reduce energy

costs and lower greenhouse gas and mercury emissions.

     Premier Darrell Dexter announced today (April 18th) in

Amherst, that the province will introduce legislation to

mandate the use of energy-efficient lighting across the

province.

     The premier says Nova Scotia will become the only

province or state in North America to ensure only LED

streetlights are used on its roadways.

     Switching to LED lights will create energy savings of

more than 50 per cent and an estimated annual savings are

about 18 million dollars. It will also reduce greenhouse-gas

emissions by more than 30,000 tons, and save a half kilogram

of mercury each year.

     Most of the about 120,000 roadway lights in Nova Scotia

are owned and operated by Nova Scotia Power, with about 10

per cent that belong to municipalities. The cost of

converting to LED lighting is estimated at about 100 million

dollars.

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Media Contacts: Janet Lynn McNeil
                Premier's Office
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                Judy Munro
                Department of Energy
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