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Energy efficient streetlight program gets government funding

An Amherst company that makes street lights which reduce energy use andgreenhouse gas emissions is getting more than $1.1 million for ademonstration project.

An Amherst company that makes street lights which reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions is getting more than $1.1 million for a demonstration project.

The company will convert 1,100 high-pressure sodium streetlights in at least 10 municipalities to more efficient light emitting diode, or LED, lights. Many of the lights at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and along Nova Scotia highways will also be converted.

Switching to the LED lights could reduce energy use by more than 50 per cent. The conversion is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 288 tonnes and air pollutant emissions by close to 1,000 kilograms every year.

Premier Rodney MacDonald and Environment Minister David Morse made the announcement yesterday in Amherst. The bulk of the money is coming from the province’s ecoNova Scotia for Clean Air and Climate Change Fund, with the remaining $400,000 from Conserve Nova Scotia, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada.

“This funding will help us partner with Nova Scotia municipalities to showcase this unique, green-friendly lighting to the world,” said Chuck Cartmill, president of LED Roadway Lighting Limited, in a release.

“This homegrown LED technology has the interest of potential customers in the United States, Europe, the United Arab Emirates and Panama.”

 
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