Foreign media reported that Wilmington, the largest city in Delaware, will install a new type of smart lighting system throughout the city. The program is the first of its kind in West Center City, North Market Street and Baynard Boulevard this month, with 215 LED street lights and 50 smart sensors.
It is reported that on Tuesday, July 9, Mayor Mike Purzycki and Gary Stockbridge, president of Delmarva Power, jointly announced the joint project named "ConnectWilmington".
Purzycki said: "Wilmington is moving towards a smart city, and we are ready for a new era of surprise and challenging technology and data leadership." He also said: "LED lighting will make the city a new look, It brings new feelings to people and is also conducive to improving public safety, and I firmly believe that LED lighting is more cost-effective and a more responsible way of finance. It will better serve the citizens and make the whole city a better place."
Purzycki's ultimate goal is to convert all of Wilmington's 7050 street lights into LED street lights, of which 1750 盏 LED street lights are owned by the municipality, and the remaining 5,300 盏 LED street lights are owned by Delmarva Power.
The City Council is considering legislation to borrow $2.1 million from the Effective Energy Fund (EEIF) managed by the Natural Resources and Environmental Control Department (DNREC) for the installation of municipal streetlight poles.
It is estimated that the city government will save at least $150,000 annually in energy costs, which will exceed the 20-year loan to EEIF; in addition, the Natural Resources and Environmental Control Department will allocate $175,000 to assist the LED project.
ConnectWilmington, the first step in the city's LED streetlight program, was launched this month: Delmarva Power converted existing 215 street lights into LED street lights and enabled 50 sensors and other smart city technologies. Delmarva Power invests in smart sensors and smart city technology to test its functionality, operational effectiveness and potential value for reference to Wilmington and other communities served by the company.
“Smart City technology is a great opportunity, and we can work with the municipality to create more new energy options and create a cleaner and brighter future for our users and communities,” said Stockbridge, president of Delmarva Power. The demonstration project is the launching platform for the new smart city plan for the entire region. We are very pleased to work with government agencies to build advanced infrastructure, deploy new technologies, and ultimately improve the quality of life of community residents."
Article source: LEDinside