Future is bright for Town of Renfrew with new energy-efficient LED streetlighting upgrade
RENFREW – September 4, 2020 – Today, Mayor Don Eady announced the Town of Renfrew’s plan to convert 1,100 high-pressure sodium streetlights to new energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. Once complete, the initiative will save the Town of Renfrew an estimated $100,000 in annual energy costs.
In addition to Town councillors, Mayor Eady was joined by John Yakabuski, MPP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Mervyn Beckstead, Board Chair, Renfrew Hydro Inc., and Adnan Khokhar, Chief Energy and Infrastructure Services Officer of Envari Energy Solutions, for today’s announcement and demonstration of the new streetlighting technology.
The innovative LED streetlighting system is the product of project partner, Envari Energy Solutions, who has successfully converted a total of 55,000 streetlights for large and small municipalities like the City of Ottawa, the City of Pembroke, Beckwith Township, and the Village of Casselman.
In addition to significant energy cost savings, the new LED infrastructure has a payback period of only five years and provides additional benefits, such as:
- a 600,000 kWh reduction in energy consumption annually – equivalent to averting 50 to 65 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere or removing 77 to 97 homes from the grid;
- A reduction in annual maintenance costs; and
- Improved light-quality, colour rendition, and optical control.
Under the partnership agreement, streetlight installations began August 4, 2020, by Renfrew Hydro, and will continue over a period of five months. Residents may notice additional worksites around town while the work is being completed.
For more information about Envari Energy Solutions and its streetlighting services, visit www.envari.com.
“The Town of Renfrew is proud to partner with Renfrew Hydro and Envari Energy Solutions on a turnkey conversion program that will see approximately 1,123 luminaires changed to LED fixtures resulting in significant annual energy/maintenance savings for the municipality. This program aligns with the Province of Ontario’s climate change strategy.”
– Mayor Don Eady, Town of Renfrew
“We are pleased to see that our partnership delivery model that was established for this project is providing the Town of Renfrew with distinct advantages and value for their investment. This turnkey solution leverages the strengths and expertize of both of our organizations and is an example of how collaborative efforts can provide optimal business solutions for everyone involved.”
– Lance Jefferies, President, Renfrew Hydro Inc.
“Envari’s LED streetlighting technology is a strategic investment for municipalities from a financial and environmental sustainability perspective. Not only will our solution significantly decrease the Town of Renfrew’s electricity costs and consumption, it will also reduce light pollution, and improve overall light ambiance for both residential and commercial neighbourhoods all over town.”
-Adnan Khokhar, Chief Energy and Infrastructure Services Officer, Envari Energy Solutions
Mike Asselin, P.Eng
Director of Development & Works
Town of Renfrew
About the Town of Renfrew
Renfrew is a strong and vibrant community, located along the Hwy # 17 transportation corridor and is on route to northern Ontario, the gateway to western Canada. Renfrew’s urban amenities unite with rural benefits, making the Town of Renfrew perfect for families longing for the country life but not wanting to be far from city conveniences. The Town offers many recreation features, including the Algonquin Trail which allows you to travel across the Ottawa Valley. Renfrew has one of the most up to date hospitals in all of Eastern Ontario, and it continues to grow and attract new family doctors each year. Renfrew offers residents and businesses the perfect community to grow their families and their businesses. The Town is thriving and will continue to showcase its businesses, history, prosperous, sustainable and active lifestyle.
About Renfrew Hydro Inc.
Renfrew Hydro Inc. is a regulated electrical distribution company that is 100% owned by the Town of Renfrew and incorporated under the Ontario Business Corporations Act. Renfrew Hydro Inc. and its predecessors, including the Renfrew Hydro-Electric Commission, have continued to deliver safe, reliable and cost effective electricity to the Town of Renfrew for more than 100 years. Renfrew Hydro maintains all of the Town’s street and traffic lights and serves approximately 3,830 residential and 496 commercial customers across its 12.8 km² service territory.
About Envari Energy Solutions
Envari partners with its customers bringing innovative solutions that deliver improved energy efficiencies, substantial cost savings and environmental benefits.
As a trusted energy solutions partner comprised of innovative designers, engineers and project managers, it offers an extensive range of products and services that includes energy assessments and audits, building retrofits, streetlight conversions, distribution design, non-destructive cable testing and solutions for electric vehicle readiness. Flexible turn-key offerings encompass design, engineering, procurement, commissioning and full project management.
Their customers include municipalities, commercial and industrial institutions, governments and utilities.