December 15, 2015 - 5:00 PM EST
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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 Echelon Corp

Echelon 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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City of Bellingham (Photo credit: Bellingham)

City of Bellingham (Photo credit: Bellingham)

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 installation.”

“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 innovation.”

“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.

About McKinstry

McKinstry 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:

About Northwest Edison

Northwest 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.

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, or and at the company's blog at

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.

Echelon Corporation
Karen Lippe, +1 408-398-0310
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Source: Business Wire (December 15, 2015 - 5:00 PM EST)

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