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March 28, 2019, 2:33 pm

Harrison Hot Springs Shines a Light on Energy Savings

Village of Harrison Hot Springs

HARRISON HOT SPRINGS - The Village of Harrison Hot Springs received a major lighting upgrade.  The $250,000 project is due to a fully funded grant program administered through the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Federal Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund.   The project includes the retrofit of 75 high pressure sodium street lights with LED luminaires resulting in a 25% reduction in the total annual watts use by the Village owned street lights.  The project will cover 14 streets and 8 cul-de-sacs in the village.  However, not all of the streetlights in the village will be replaced.  The Village does not operate or have control over the BC Hydro poles in some of the neighbourhoods or along Hot Springs Road and Lillooet Avenue.  

 Village staff point out that it’s not just about the money and energy savings.  LED lighting is more environmentally friendly. The specific lamps were selected in part for their excellent BUG rating, an indication that they will reduce Back lighting, Uplighting, and Glare, resulting in efficient targeted lighting that doesn’t contribute to light pollution.

The new LED lights were sourced from Lux Measurement Inc., based in Agassiz and are being installed by Moonlite Electric.  Lux Measurement Inc. helps municipalities gather data and accurately assess lighting requirements, select the most appropriate technologies, and prepare plans for conversion to LEDs.  Lux also participates in the Street Light Program in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) – Trades and Technology Centre in Chilliwack. 

The streetlights that are being removed, while outdated in Canada, are of high value in developing countries that do not have street lights in rural communities.  Through the Street Light Program, the lights that are being removed from Harrison Hot Springs will be sent to the UFV – Trades and Technology Centre where they will be cleaned and broken down, in the automotive shop, to pieces that can be boxed and shipped.  The parts will be sent to El Salvador, creating an economic development opportunity where jobs are scarce.  Communities will employ locals to reassemble, refurbish, and retrofit the lights to illuminate streets that until now have been dark. “The Village of Harrison Hot Springs is demonstrating tremendous leadership by using new technologies to design its LED residential lighting system.  These technologies have been developed with the UFV Trades and Technology Centre, Chilliwack over the last 3 years.  Additionally, Harrison is participating in this ground breaking recycling/reuse program so the old lights won’t end up in a landfill”, commented Keith McPherson, Executive Director of the Street Light Program.

Mayor Leo Facio added: “I want to thank the Federal Government and our MP Jati Sidhu for the funding that made this project possible and putting an emphasis on projects that reduce energy consumption.  Partnering with the Street Light Program really added extra value to this project for us.”

A second phase of lighting upgrades for the Village is already funded and will encompass the beach side of Esplanade Avenue and around the Plaza and is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.

Village of Harrison Hot Springs