FPL installs more than 150 state-of-the-art streetlights to help brighten West
Palm Beach, save residents money and provide environmental benefits
City plans to convert up to 1,100 streetlights to advanced LED technology next
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 2, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Florida Power & Light
Company (FPL) today completed its first commercial energy-efficient
streetlight installation project. Since October, FPL has installed 166
light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights in the City of West Palm Beach's
Coleman Park neighborhood, located just north of downtown. Through 2014, the
city plans to convert approximately 1,100 additional streetlights to LED
technology in various neighborhoods.
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"These new lights are an investment that will improve the quality of life for
West Palm Beach residents and save approximately $10,000 per year in
maintenance and energy costs," said City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
during a celebration today marking the completion of the first phase of this
project. "We plan to continue investing in these new streetlights to help save
residents money, use more environmentally-friendly technology and provide
LED lighting technology has changed substantially in recent years and the
benefits compared to traditional sodium vapor technology include improved:
oEfficiency: LED lighting is more energy efficient, which offers cost
savings of approximately 60 percent
oAppearance: LED lighting is whiter, brighter and more consistent
oEnvironmental benefits: LED lighting does not use mercury.
"We applaud the City of West Palm Beach for having the distinction of being
the very first commercial customer of FPL to invest in advanced LED
streetlight technology," said Manny Miranda, vice president of power delivery
for FPL. "As the benefits become more widely known, we expect many more
customers will seek to upgrade their streetlights to this advanced
FPL delivers electricity to approximately 700,000 streetlights in Florida and
provides maintenance to about 500,000 of them through separate agreements.
Streetlights are owned by FPL or other entities such as the Florida Department
of Transportation, municipalities or local homeowners associations.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility
in Florida and serves the third-largest number of customers of any electric
utility in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer
accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees
as of year-end 2012. During the five-year period ended December 31, 2012, the
company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned
utilities. As of year-end 2012, its typical residential customer bills are the
lowest in Florida, and based on data available in July 2012, are about 26
percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the
lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs
among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.
SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company
Contact: Florida Power & Light Co. Media Line: 561-694-4442
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