For Immediate Release: March 14, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


City of Indian Wells Enhances Roadside Safety through Federal Funds

To save money and enhance public safety, Indian Wells has retrofitted street lights along city roadways.

The residential-resort community in Riverside County has switched out more than 700 halogen light bulbs to low-wattage Light-Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures on sections of Highway 111, Miles Avenue, and Cook Street. The lights illuminate palm trees that outline roadside boundaries.

Indian Wells has a "dark sky" ordinance prohibiting the addition of non-safety related lighting to the desert sky. The ordinance has resulted in fewer roadside lighting sources compared to other cities.

The LEDs used to shine on the palm trees will enhance road safety, while preserving the view of the night sky for the city residents

LEDs use less energy and last significantly longer and are expected to cut the city's energy and maintenance costs. Indian Wells expects to trim 128,000 kilowatt-hours or $15,400 annually and reduce its green house gas emissions by 44 tons each year.

The project, completed last May, was funded by a $29,130 grant from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grants are administered by the California Energy Commission. Total project cost for the lighting retrofit was $33,249. The difference in cost was paid for by city funds.

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