Bay Area Climate Collaborative, Eaton's Cooper Lighting Collaborate to Advance LED Streetlights
Collaboration will support the Bay Area Next Generation Streetlight Initiative, a region-wide project designed
to facilitate the upgrade of 200,000+ municipal streetlights to advanced solid-state lighting technology in the
San Francisco Bay Area.
Online PR News – 26-September-2013 – The Bay Area Climate Collaborative and Eaton's Cooper Lighting
division today announced their collaboration on the Bay Area Next Generation Streetlight Initiative. The
region-wide project is designed to facilitate the upgrade of 200,000+ municipal streetlights to LEDs.
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) and Eaton’s Cooper Lighting division today announced a
collaboration to accelerate the energy-efficient streetlighting market through the Bay Area Next Generation
Streetlight Initiative. The region-wide project is designed to facilitate the upgrade of 200,000+ municipal
streetlights to advanced light-emitting diode (LED) technology.
LED streetlighting benefits local governments in so many ways – lowering energy and maintenance
costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving community safety – but without education,
many municipalities don’t know where to begin.
As a part of this initiative, BACC is delivering leading-edge education and tools to local governments
interested in advanced lighting, in partnership with the nationally-recognized UC Davis California Lighting
Technology Center. With support from Eaton’s Cooper Lighting division, the initiative will conduct further
outreach around the LED lighting opportunity and develop key resources to complement existing guidance
such as Next Generation Streetlights: LED Technology and Strategies for Action, a guide for local
governments which delivers education and specific steps for municipal streetlight upgrades. Through the
initiative, the BACC ultimately will pool regional interest in LED streetlight upgrades to secure improved
purchase and financing terms – creating a streetlight upgrade business model that local governments can
implement to relieve municipal budgets while bolstering the region’s economy. Over the course of five years,
regional upgrades could deliver up to $50 million in reduced costs for local governments, provide over
100,000 metrics tons of carbon dioxide avoidance and create many new clean-energy jobs.
Headquartered in Peachtree City, Georgia, Eaton’s Cooper Lighting division delivers a range of innovative
and reliable indoor and outdoor lighting solutions, as well as controls products, specifically designed to
maximize performance, energy efficiency and cost savings. The Lighting business serves customers in the
commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential, utility and other markets. The BACC is a public-private
partnership initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, launched by regional civic and business leaders
in 2009 to accelerate the Bay Area clean energy economy through high-impact, market-oriented projects that
can be replicated and brought to scale.
“LED streetlighting benefits local governments in so many ways – lowering energy and maintenance costs,
reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving community safety – but without education, many
municipalities don’t know where to begin,” said Mark Eubanks, president, Eaton’s Cooper Lighting division.
“As one of the largest LED fixture manufacturers in North America, we are proud to be contributing our
expertise to help the BACC and the Next Generation Streetlight Initiative.”
“While energy costs continue to rise and local governments grapple with ongoing budgetary constraints,
return-on-investment for LED streetlighting is continually improving,” said Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of
the Bay Area Climate Collaborative. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Eaton’s Cooper Lighting division
to help local governments understand next-generation lighting technologies and save millions from streetlight
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