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New Lights Add Up Savings for New Rochelle [VIDEO]

The new LED lights will be in the Intermodal Transportation Center Parking Garages and New Roc City Garage.

Installation of new LED lighting at the Intermodal Transportation Center Parking Garages is almost complete and the transition at New Roc City Garage will soon begin.

Mayor Noam Bramson and other city officials held a press conference Thursday that demonstrated the installation and touted the benefits.

"From an environmental and energy-savings standpoint, this is win-win," Bramson said. "And at a time of fiscal challenge, it is especially important for us to pursue every opportunity for efficiency."

Besides being brighter, the new lights use less electricity. City Manager Charles Strome III said the lights use 60 percent electricity than the ones they replaced.

Between the two garages, yearly energy cost savings are estimated to be $160,000. The project is funded by a loan from the New York Power Authority, so the initial savings will be reduced because of the loan repayment.

In years one through seven, the City can expect to save between $5,000 and $25,000 each year, depending on interest rates. Over the 20 year lifetime of the lights, taxpayers will save approximately $2 million.

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Billy October 05, 2012 at 12:02 PM
New Rochelle needed a loan to do this? How pathetic and I hope everyone realizes these are essentially brand new buildings (not more than 12 years old) that the city is now retro-fitting. And I'm willing to bet these lights don't last 20 years either. Be wary of NR's city leaders, they're getting ready to impose a host new taxes & will continue to hit property owners with higher property taxes. Last year was a 10++% increase & I can only wait to hear his years number. Why not release next year's budget now so there's more discussion? Maybe some new ideas? How will Strome & Bramson worm their way around the tax cap this year?
Nummy October 05, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Has any one figure in the cost of the original lights from the savings and is the city selling the old lights or is the city just giving them to the contractor to throw away.. ( sell )
Billy October 05, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Nummy, NR still owes money on those old lights do you know if we get a release from Goldman Sachs?

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