Bellingham, Wash Converts City-Owned Streetlights to a Smart City LED Infrastructure to Cut Energy Consumption by Half
Three Expert Outdoor Lighting Companies Provide Energy Savings, Enhanced
Aesthetics and Improved Citizen Safety: McKinstry, Northwest Edison and
Corp., a leading independent control networking company for the
Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), announced today the installation
of its Lumewave by Echelon lighting control system as part of a smart
city streetlight LED retrofit at the City
of Bellingham, Wash.
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The smart city streetlight conversion — including 3,615 luminaires plus
Echelon’s intelligent hybrid lighting control system — was orchestrated
by McKinstry, a full service energy services company (ESCO) servicing
the Western and Central United States. McKinstry, in turn, collaborated
with Northwest Edison, a full service lighting and electrical contractor
serving the greater Pacific Northwest, and Echelon, for its lighting
control system products and expertise — to upgrade Bellingham’s
streetlight infrastructure. Once the installation is fully operable, the
new lighting system is projected to reduce annual utility costs by
approximately $200,000, and streetlight operations by $44,000 as well as
retain Bellingham’s existing decorative fixture aesthetics using
wired/wireless connectivity. The expected completion date is early 2016.
The Bellingham City Council approved the retrofit on April 13, 2015. The
City will use an energy efficiency loan from State LOCAL Program
financing, in addition to a grant from the Department of Commerce and
Puget Sound Energy rebates to fund the project, which will be paid back
through the savings generated from installing LED streetlights.
“The streetlight conversion is projected to reduce approximately two
million pounds of CO2 output annually,” said Clark Alan Williams,
Superintendent of Traffic/Communications/Fleet & Facilities. “The City’s
goal, based on our Climate Action Plan, is to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions to 70 percent by the year 2020. We are glad to have lighting
experts McKinstry, Northwest Edition and Echelon guide us through the
conversion and provide the City with a truly modern lighting solution
that will provide us long term benefits.”
Intelligent lighting is the cornerstone of a truly adaptive outdoor
lighting system that not only reduces cost, energy use and retains
historic fixtures, but enables future expansion of technology to further
improve the unique needs of residents including adaptive lighting,
predictive maintenance and reduced glare.
“For municipalities, shifting to smart LEDs and away from manual street
lighting management to a highly intelligent lighting network not only
saves energy and money, but they gain the ability to manage and
manipulate their lighting infrastructure like never before,” said Ron
Sege, CEO and Chairman of Echelon Corp. “With a modern network, lighting
quickly changes from a utility to a strategic asset that plays an
important role in creating a safe environment for residents and a source
of information for the city. Working with McKinstry and Northwest Edison
has ensured that the city’s lighting needs are met with the
“Modern streetlighting infrastructure is the backbone of the networked
cities of the future,” said Mark Jonson, Regional Director at McKinstry.
“We’re excited to help the City of Bellingham cut waste, save money and
control their future as they stay on the cutting edge of municipal
“Northwest Edison is thrilled to be working with McKinstry and Echelon
to install this industry leading streetlight and street-lighting control
system for the City of Bellingham,” said Daniel Camilleri, President of
Northwest Edison. “The effort invested into this project will ensure the
residents have the best streetlight solution for the city.”
The Outdoor Intelligent Lighting Solution
Bellingham is installing a hybrid radio frequency and powerline solution
that uses the existing lighting infrastructure, but replaces
conventional light sources with high-efficacy LED fixtures and Lumewave
by Echelon intelligent controls. Once the streetlights are installed,
city engineers can manipulate, control and manage the lighting system
from their offices to provide just the right amount of light necessary
to enhance the safety of city streets.
About the City of Bellingham, Wash
On the shores of Bellingham Bay with Mount Baker as its backdrop, Bellingham
is the last major city before the Washington coastline meets the
Canadian border. The City of Bellingham, population 83,365, is at the
center of a uniquely picturesque area offering a rich variety of
recreational, cultural, educational and economic activities. A
participant of the EPA’s Green
Power Partnership Community program since 2007.
is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm
specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services.
The firm’s innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients
with a single point of accountability that drives waste and redundancy
out of the design/build process. With over 1,600 professional staff and
trades people throughout the United States and operations in more than
15 states, McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions
designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce
facility operational costs, and optimize profitability “For The Life of
Your Building.” Visit: www.mckinstry.com.
About Northwest Edison
Edison is an industry leader in energy efficient lighting services
throughout the western United States. As a fully licensed, bonded and
insured electrical contractor we provide lighting solutions for
commercial, industrial, private and government sectors while
guaranteeing outstanding customer satisfaction. Our scope of lighting
services includes lighting designs and Installation, upgrades and retro
fits, control system designs, energy audits, GIS mapping, maintenance
and electrical service. http://nwedison.com.
About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON), a pioneer in developing open-standard
control networking platforms, delivers elements necessary to design,
install, monitor and control industrial-strength ‘communities of
devices’ within the lighting, building automation, Internet of Things
and related markets worldwide. Echelon sells its lighting products under
the Lumewave by Echelon brand and its building automation and other
IIoT-related products as part of its IzoT platform. With more than 100
million Echelon-powered devices installed worldwide, Echelon helps its
customers easily and safely migrate existing control systems to the most
modern platforms, while bringing new devices and applications into an
ever-growing global Industrial Internet. Echelon helps its customers
reduce operational costs, enhance satisfaction and safety, grow revenues
and perform better in both established and emerging markets. More
information about Echelon can be found at http://iiot.echelon.com,
and at the company's blog at blog.echelon.com.
Echelon, Echelon logo, and Lumewave by Echelon are trademarks of Echelon
Corporation that may be registered in the United States and other
countries. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the
trademarks of their respective owners.
This press release may contain statements relating to future plans,
events or performance. Such statements may involve risks and
uncertainties, the risk that Echelon's offerings by themselves or
combined with other applications or offerings do not perform as designed
or do not offer the expected benefits and savings; risks associated with
international sales; and other risks identified in Echelon's SEC
filings. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.
Echelon undertakes no obligation to release publicly the result of any
revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to
reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the
occurrence of unanticipated events.
Smart City streetlight LED conversion to an intelligent infrastructure
will cut the energy footprint in half for Bellingham, Wash who has
partnered with McKinstry, Northwest Edison and Echelon Corp.
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