FARMINGTON -- City officials want to take a hard look at a program, which could potentially save the city as much as $50,000 a year in lighting costs, while improving the quality of street lights in the city at the same time.
Mark Cram, an account executive with Siemens, has proposed a plan to allow the city to move to a more efficient lighting system and do it without paying any additional money out of pocket. Cram says some new lighting options, including induction lights, can cut energy costs in half and greatly improve the lighting.
City officials discussed the potential option in a work session recently and then had Cram make a presentation in the general session. They have agreed to look at the next potential step, which would be to sign a letter of intent with the company and then move towards an energy audit. Farmington owns approximately 900 street lights, according to City Manager Dave Millheim, and Cram has estimated a change in the style of lighting from high pressure sodium lights to either induction technology or LED technology will save costs and improve overall lighting.
Millheim said the attractive part of the proposal is that Siemens could finance the potential switch in lighting from savings generated from the program over a period of time. The costs for a potential audit, outlined at $9,500, would be used to cover design costs if the city were to move forward with an agreement with the company.
Siemens helped Syracuse with a similar change and Millheim and other city officials went to the north Davis County community to see the impact of the program. Millheim said the quality of the new lighting was evident and he said the option is very attractive from a safety standpoint.
"The question has always been how we are going to pay for it," Millheim said of any potential changeover.