WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Department of Energy has awarded a $665,400 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to the City of Dothan, Congressman Bright announced today.
This grant will go towards purchasing new energy efficient lighting for Dothan’s street and traffic lights, lighting in city office buildings, as well as a traffic light synchronization study.
Besides making the city more energy efficient, the grant will save Dothan money through cheaper energy bills.
“I am pleased that the U.S. Department of Energy is helping our communities become more energy efficient,” Bright said. “This will be a tremendous short-term and long-term benefit to Dothan because it will save the city money and have the added advantage of making Dothan more environmentally-friendly.”
The grant will specifically cover 4 major energy conservation projects within the city. The first project will go towards the purchasing and retrofitting of 294 100Watt street lights and replacing them with energy efficient 40Watt Light-emitting Diode (LED) lights.
The second project is completing the retrofitting of the remaining 2,078 city traffic signals with LED lights.
The third project is replacing incandescent and florescent lighting inside city buildings with high efficiency florescent and LED lighting.
The final project covered by the grant will be a synchronization study of 91 traffic signals in 12 closed loop systems.
This will improve city traffic flow which in turn will conserve fuel and reduce vehicle emissions. According to the city, Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction will be just below 4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents.
“Synchronizing traffic lights can be a great benefit to a city and its citizens and commuters,” Bright said. “This study is the first step in making traffic light synchronization a reality. If completed, it will reduce drivers’ time in the car and save them money at the gas pump.”