News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 07/01/2009
Subject :

LED/Induction Streetlight Pilot Project
Contact : Christine Tam, Resource Planner, City of Palo Alto Utilities    650-329-2289
Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto is embarking on a pilot project to evaluate alternative street lighting technologies with the goal of saving energy without compromising current lighting levels. In this pilot project, expected to last at least one year, nine Light Emitting Diode (LED) and five induction streetlights will be installed near City Hall and on the residential streets of Colorado Avenue and Amarillo Avenue.

LED and induction technologies are designed to use 40% less energy and last longer than the existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights, thereby lowering maintenance costs. 

"We are very excited about testing new streetlight technologies that will help the City of Palo Alto reduce energy usage," said Council Member Larry Klein. “The City has been a recognized leader in climate action programs and this is another example of such programs that will help the City meet its goal of 15% reduction in Green House Gases (GHG) emissions by 2020.”
The City currently has 6,300 High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights. Replacing HPS streetlights with more energy efficient ones can potentially reduce around 600 metric tons of GHGs per year upon full rollout by about 2015, which is equivalent to taking 120 passenger vehicles off the road annually. The expected GHG reduction associated with upgrading the streetlights will help the City meet its GHG reduction target by 2020. 

The City will test monitoring technology for the fixtures near City Hall. This technology allows dimming of individual luminaries based on lighting needs at different locations and times, and also permits remote identification of failed fixtures. If the pilot project is successful, a plan to deploy the technology more extensively over the next ten years will be developed.

The City welcomes and encourages public feedback on this pilot project to assist in evaluating the new streetlights' performance.  An on-line survey questionnaire is available at  Additional information on the pilot project is available on the City web site.