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Irving, Texas, dedicates solar-powered streetlights.

With the dedication of 170 newly installed solar-powered Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights, Irving, Texas, is now home to the longest corridor in the state powered by solar LED lights.

A multimillion dollar grant enabled the city to install the streetlights on Irving Boulevard from State Highway 183 to Loop 12.

"Implementing solar streetlights saves taxpayers in energy and maintenance costs. The project also enhances Irving Boulevard," said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.

Previous lighting fixtures used overhead and underground wiring. By converting to solar power, the city is reducing enough emissions to equal the planting of 76 acres of trees per year.

"Irving is lighting the path for all cities by implementing cost-efficient energy conservation initiatives," said Councilman Roy Santoscoy. "We are leading the way on renewable energy projects."

In addition to reducing Irving's carbon footprint, improving air quality and saving money, the newly installed lights will contribute to a safer community by ensuring roadways and sidewalks are well lit. The lights can store up to five days of power to guarantee uninterrupted service during inclement weather.

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Author:Turner, Laura
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:May 23, 2011
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