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LED Street Lights

This page details the steps your community needs to take to get Clean Energy Communities certification for this Action Item by NYSERDA and how Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (G/FLRPC) can assist you. As the Finger Lakes Clean Energy Coordinator, we are available to help you through any step in this process. Please email Rob Richardson if you have any questions or need assistance, or if you have been in touch with another regional Clean Energy Communities Coordinator at G/FLRPC, email them directly for help completing this action item.   

Step 1: Document all of your Cobra Head Style streetlights 

This action item is only good for cobra head style streetlights. Streetlights that are more decorative in style are not eligible for this action item. They do not, therefore, need to be counted at all. To meet the requirements of this action item, at least 50% of your municipality's cobra head style lights must be upgraded to LED technology. If you have fewer than 20 lights, you must upgrade a minimum of 10 of them. If you have fewer than 10, you are not eligible for this Action Item. 

For more information on LED streetlights, visit the NYSERDA website here:

You can view G/FLRPC's recent LED Streetlights webinar here:  

Step 2: Decide how to upgrade your streetlights 

If your municipality owns its own streetlights, come up with and implement a plan for upgrading 50% of them. If your utility owns the lights, you can request that they upgrade them to LED technology. To begin this process, provide them with a letter on municipal letterhead asking them for a cost breakdown and plan for upgrading your lights. 

Step 3: Upgrade your streetlights 

Upgrade your streetlights and document them in the attached LED Street Light Calculator. Once you have upgraded 50% or a minimum of 10, whichever is greater, you can submit the calculator at the NYSERDA website: