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Yakima's street lights going green, saving the city green

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The City of Yakima is shinning light on an efficiency problem with some street light upgrades.

"It's a win win all the way around, besides being energy efficient the lights give a better light out on the street," said Joe Roselund, traffic and streets operation manager, City of Yakima.

The Public Works Department is replacing over 400 street lights with new energy efficient LED lights. It's possible because of a federal grant worth over $800,000. They've started the upgrade at Summitview and 40th Avenue.

Yakima Avenue will be the next area to receive the led lighting upgrade, not only will the lights be brighter and better, the City of Yakima is also going to save some money on utility cost, about 30,000 a year.

The LED lights will replace old 400 watt street lights, this reduces energy consumption by around 60-percent. Plus, the old lights had to be changed every three to four years, racking-up maintenance costs.

"They [the LED lights] last anywhere from 15-20 years so there's a lot of maintenance time that we won't be expending in the future," said Rosenlund.

Another grant from Pacific Power helps cover the installation costs, the city plans to have the 400 or so lights upgraded by the end of this year.