Clifton Park starts LED streetlight conversion


By Kassie Parisi

Gazette Reporter

CLIFTON PARK — The town is taking the next step in its process retrofitting street lights with new LED bulbs to save on energy costs.

The town’s streetlights are were owned by National Grid. Last year, the town began to consider buying the lights from the utility to save on maintenance and energy costs.

In March, the Town Board unanimously approved the purchase of more than 600 streetlights located in town.

Municipalities pay for the energy used by the streetlights located within their borders and also pay facility charges to the owner of the streetlights.

As part of the purchase process, the Town Board conducted a Request for Proposal process, interviewed three companies and eventually selected Siemans Industry, Inc. to complete the project.

 Siemans is working to complete a detailed energy audit and inventory of existing lights.

According to a press release from the town, company representatives will be visible throughout town over the course of the weekend.

Residents may see an engineering truck physically inspecting light poles in their neighborhood.  At no time will power to homes or businesses be interrupted.

 The construction phase of the process will involve Siemans replacing the old light bulbs in the streetlights with new LED technology.

Over the next 20 years, Siemens estimates the Town of Clifton Park will save approximately $5 million from the switch.