Lighting up will lighten city wallets

The City of Kamloops will have to pick up more of the tab to upgrade about one-quarter of its streetlights following a decision provincially that will reduce by $100,000 the amount of money coming from a provincial fund.

Pacific Green Energy Initiative (PGEI) was originally supposed to contribute $300,000, through the province’s Innovative Clean Energy fund, to the $780,000 project, which will see 1,000 streetlights outfitted with energy-efficient LED lights.

However,  in fall of 2011, PGEI contacted the city to say it would provide $200,000.

While staff tried to work with the province on the issue, corporate services and community safety director David Duckworth said they weren’t able to get the money back.

They were able, however, to get the company producing the lights to drop its price by $50,000 — after the cost of the technology had also gone down by about $23,000.

That leaves Kamloops with an extra $38,200 it will have to pay for the project to go ahead.






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