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article imageNova Scotia town's LED streetlights a Canadian first

By Kevin Jess     Oct 1, 2009 in Environment
The town of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia will be the first town in Canada to completely upgrade all of its street lights with new energy efficient LED fixtures.
When Nova Scotia Power Corporation started installing the lights three weeks ago the mayor of Annapolis Royal, Phil Roberts didn't realize his town was the first in the country to completely phase out the old energy wasting lights.
In an interview with the Chronicle Herald, Roberts said, "It looks like moonlight."
The $1.15 million dollar pilot project will see 10 Nova Scotia communities and the Halifax Stanfield International Airport change over from the old fixtures with no cost to the towns.
The lighting was designed by LED Roadway Lighting Ltd. of Halifax and the lights are manufactured by sister company C-Vision of Amherst.
The other Nova Scotia communities that are taking part in the project are Amherst, Antigonish, Berwick, Bridgewater, Halifax, Lunenburg, New Glasgow, Parrsboro and Yarmouth.
Approximately 123 of the town's 132 street lights have been replaced so far and they don't expect them to burn out for at least 20 years, compared to only 3 years for the conventional bulbs.
Mr. Roberts also said in the interview with Chronicle Herald, "They’re a huge advantage," since the town expects a 52 percent energy saving and will save $3,620 per fixture over the expected life of the lamps.
Annapolis Royal was first settled in 1605 and is located in an area that claims to have the second oldest continuous European settlement in North America after St. Augustine, Florida.
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