Xcel Energy installing new LED lights statewide

March 19, 2019 05:57 PM

Xcel Energy is in the process of converting streetlights citywide in Minneapolis to energy-saving LED bulbs. It's a statewide project Xcel Energy has been working on.

They started in St. Cloud and Minneapolis is the last stop. Xcel Energy pays for all the costs of switching the lights out and salvage.


"We're converting about 24,000 LED street lights in the city of Minneapolis," John Marshall, with Xcel Energy, said. 

He says the work in Minneapolis began last fall. Depending on the weather, crews will switch out 50 to 80 lights per day. Marshall said so far, crews have changed 18,000 light heads. 

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"This high-efficiency lighting technology is 40 percent to 60 percent more efficient than the current lights that were on prior," he said. 

Marshall says residents will see aesthetic, environmental and economic benefits. The city of Minneapolis will see a savings of about $150,000 annually.

In the Page neighborhood, resident Ian Lyon said she likes the new lights. 

"I am glad to have new lights. I'm happy that they are brighter, they don't bother me as much as maybe some of the neighbors where they go inside their windows," she said. 

Marshall added that he's heard of complaints about the new lights being too bright but says there's a simple solution. 

"Communities have heard the occasional complaint. I certainly encourage folks to call our line and we can go out and do some pretty simple adjustments and usually address most of these issues," Marshall said.

Xcel Energy said they should be finished changing out the bulbs by April. In total, they changed roughly 90,000 light bulbs statewide.

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