MECO to Launch Energy-Saving Streetlight Project
Maui Electric Company will launch an energy-saving streetlight pilot project next week.
MECO will install 24 light-emitting diode streetlight fixtures with computer operating capabilities along both sides of Maui Lani Parkway in Kahului on Wednesday and Thursday, June 22 and 23, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Minimal traffic impact will be expected during the installation and electrical service will not be interrupted.
“This pilot project is part of MECO’s continued effort to meet the reliable, affordable and clean energy needs of residents and businesses in our county,” said Maui Electric President Sharon Suzuki. “By testing new technology we are able to look for opportunities to improve energy efficiency and reliability. Throughout our 95 year history of service to homes and businesses in Maui County we have used innovative technology to help meet our customers’ needs. The results of this pilot will play a part in supporting energy conservation and efficiency. We appreciate working with the County of Maui to develop this important pilot project.”
As part of the pilot, several different types of LED lights will be installed.
During the 60-day pilot, an ongoing evaluation of the equipment and technology will take place.
Currently, MECO maintains more than 8,000 streetlights that use high-pressure sodium bulbs on Maui, Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i. The pilot project was developed collaboratively between MECO and the county’s Department of Public Works.
“LED streetlights offer the opportunity for County of Maui services to reduce energy consumption,” said Kurt Tsukiyama, Maui Electric’s technical superintendent and project lead. “LEDs also typically have a longer life span and these particular fixtures offer computer technology that involves enhanced lighting direction, remote monitoring capabilities, and dimming controls that would improve the long-term maintenance and operation of the lights.