Menifee begins LED streetlight retrofit program to increase energy efficiency and reduce long-term operation costs

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MENIFEE – With increased energy efficiency and reduced costs over the long term in mind, Menifee has begun a program to retrofit over 6,500 of the city’s existing streetlights. Work began March 6 to switch existing streetlights to energy efficient LED fixtures.

The new LED fixtures are substantially more energy efficient, have a longer life span than the sodium lamps currently in use, require less maintenance and provide additional benefits such as reduced light pollution and improved color perception for residents.

“We are excited to begin upgrading our existing streetlights from sodium lamps to more efficient LED fixtures,” Dean Dienes, the city councilmember for District 4, said. “In addition to reduced energy use being good for the environment, the city will save over $9.5 million over the next 20 years through lower energy and streetlight maintenance costs.

The city secured local control of streetlights through participation in the Western Riverside Council of Governments’ Regional Streetlight Program and will provide streetlight operations and maintenance. Menifee is one of 11 jurisdictions participating in the WRCOG program. Across all participating jurisdictions, the program will retrofit nearly 53,000 streetlights, resulting in regional savings of approximately $70 million over 20 years – enough energy to power 2,500 homes each year.

The streetlight retrofit is being conducted in four phases. Phase One is taking place in the Southwest, replacing 931 fixtures over an estimated two weeks; Phase Two in the Southeast will replace 1,145 fixtures over roughly two and a half weeks; Phase Three in the Northeast will replace 2,055 fixtures over an estimated four and a half weeks; and Phase Four in the Northwest will replace 2,410 fixtures over approximately five weeks.

The entire retrofit project is anticipated to be completed this summer. Retrofits will not be restricted to these phases in order for workers to have the flexibility to move around to other parts of the city as needed.

Streetlight retrofits have begun south of Newport Road, west side of Interstate 215, and will move in a counterclockwise rotation to the east side of I-215, then head north of Newport Road, ending in the Sun City and Quail Valley areas.

Traffic impacts on major thoroughfares will be minimal, and residents are encouraged to obey work zone traffic laws for safety, and slow for the cones.

Residents or businesses can report streetlight outages or any other relevant issues via the Resident Streetlight Outage Reporting Portal by calling the Siemens 24-hour Call Center at (951) 784-6600, or report streetlight issues directly to the city website or on the official city app.

The Siemens Street Light Notification can be found at https://partners.sea.siemens.com/Siemens.Industry.Mobility.CS.Web/CreateNewRequestAnonym ousUser.aspx.

Residents are encouraged to download the official city app in their app store to request and receive service promptly; or residents can visit the online service request website at www.cityofmenifee.us/121/Report-an-Issue to report an issue.

For more information about the LED Streetlight Retrofit program, contact Jonathan Smith, director of Public Works and city engineer at Jsmith@cityofmenifee.us or Imelda Huerta, Sr Management Analyst at Ihuerta@cityofmenifee.us, or call the city of Menifee at (951) 672-6777 or visit www.cityofmenifee.us.

Submitted by city of Menifee.