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City of Palo Alto Testing Streetlight Technology from Echelon Corp.

ENERGY RESOURCE-2 July 2009-City of Palo Alto Testing Streetlight Technology from Echelon Corp.(C)2009 JeraOne -

The City of Palo Alto is demonstrating smart, energy-efficient streetlights based on LonWorks technology from Echelon Corporation.

Palo Alto is seeking solutions for reducing energy and maintenance costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions, while improving light quality. Currently, the city's 6,300 streetlights cost around $700,000 annually in energy and maintenance costs.

The LonWorks demonstration compares the energy efficiency of new lighting technologies, including LED and induction, with the existing high pressure sodium lights.

The city plans to replace all 6,300 streetlights by 2015, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 600 to 950 metric tons per year, or the equivalent of removing approximately 120 cars from the road for a year. The project is in line with the city's Sustainability Policy and the Climate Protection Plan.

San Francisco and San Jose recently announced similar streetlight demonstrations using Echelon's LonWorks intelligent control technology and LED lights. Several cities in Europe have implemented similar systems citywide, with average energy savings of 50 percent and significantly reduced maintenance costs.

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Date:Jul 2, 2009
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