Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 4.6

GreenStep City Best Practices: Buildings and Lighting
Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals No. 4

Improve the efficiency and quality of street lighting, traffic signals and outdoor public lighting.

Best Practice Action 6

Relamp/improve exterior building lighting for city-owned buildings/facilities with energy efficient, Dark-Sky compliant lighting.

  • The Minnesota Division of Energy Resources operates the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program for cities to lock in verifiable ongoing energy savings through performance contracting of deep retrofits - including exterior and interior building lighting - without capital appropriations. GESP is most appropriate, as a rule of thumb, for situations including at least one of the following: city utility bills are around $150,000 or more; possible project cost is around $350,000 or more; city population is around 10,000 or more.
  • Dark-Sky compliant outdoor lighting resources, including fixtures, manufacturers and distributors, from the International Dark-Sky Association.
1 star Address high energy use lighting first, such as any ice rinks/athletic fields, working with the local utility as appropriate. Report relamping of parking lots/ramps under action 4.7
2 star Relamp/improve two-thirds of building/facility lighting.
3 star Relamp/improve all building/facility lighting.

Who's doing it

Eden Prairie - 3 star
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All City buildings have been converted to LED.
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Hutchinson - 3 star
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Remove and replace existing Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium wall packs with full cut-off LED wall packs. Performance has caused continued implementation of this LED technology at all City facilities.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Better color rendering for safety/security and improved efficiency of lighting that runs more than any lighting.
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For more information contact:
John Paulson (City staff) | jpaulson@ci.hutchinson.mn.us | 320-234-5682
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Lakeville - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 2011
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Since 2011, the City has relamped three parking lots at City facilities with Dark Sky compliant LED lighting. Any interim replacements for wall packs and bollard lighting at facilities are Dark Sky compliant LED. The City as a plan for the relamping of exterior lighting at all City facilities with LED beginning in 2019.
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For more information contact:
Neil Normandin (City staff) | nnormandin@lakevillemn.gov | 952-985-2705
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Royalton - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 2018
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City of Royalton relamped the exterior lighting for all city buildings with LED lights that comply with the Outdoor Lighting ordinance.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
All city buildings meet the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance.
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Partners: MN Power
Saint Cloud - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 2015
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Completed for all facilities as part of the Street Light Improvement Project.
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For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff) | tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 3202557226
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Wyoming - 3 star
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Year action initially completed: 2018
Implementation details:
a lighting audit was performed by Xcel energy and CCE on all city facilities. Once the audit was completed the city council authorized LED lighting in all city facilities including, the Wyoming library, Wyoming city hall, Wyoming fire department, Wyoming public works and Wyoming police department. All internal and outdoor lighting was replaced at all facilities.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Total installed costs of all lighting were $ 28,570.12. The city received a $6, 755.00 utility rebate from Xcel energy resulting in a final cost of $21,815.12. With the LED light conversion the city will save an annually amount of $4,982.03.
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For more information contact:
Robb Linwood (City staff) | rlinwood@wyomingmn.org | 651-462-0575
Partners: Xcel energy, Center for Energy and Environment CCE
Coon Rapids - 2 star
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Coon Rapids singed a Detailed Engineering Study Agreement with McKinstry in 2009 to complete a performance contract totaling over $800,000 for both electric and gas savings due to implemented Facility Improvement Measures in various city projects. Between 2010 and 2012, various projects were completed to achieve utility savings. Part of this included exterior building improvements through higher quality lighting that consumed less energy which decreased annual exterior lighting electrical consumption by 51%. These projects were completed at City Hall, Police Station, three Fire Stations and Public Works.
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For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff) | csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov | 763-767-6485
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Richfield - 2 star
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The City replaced standard Wall Pack fixtures on park buildings, the Water Plant, and on the Ice Arena with Dark Sky compliant fixtures and LED bulbs. It is common practice to replace old lighting with LED fixtures at municipal buildings, including well houses.
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For more information contact:
Chris Link (City staff) | clink@richfieldmn.gov | 6128619174
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Austin - 1 star
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When fixtures are replaced they are replaced with Dark Sky compliant fixtures (this is in progress)
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For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer) | janetanderson2840@gmail.com | 5072190680
Partners: Engineering Department
Bloomington - 1 star
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Existing exterior metal halide and HPS light fixtures on buildings and walkway bollards have been replaced with Dark Sky Compliant LED at the Civic Plaza and Public Health Buildings.
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For more information contact:
Steve Gurney (City staff) | sgurney@BloomingtonMN.gov | 952-563-4606
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Kasson - 1 star
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In 2012, exterior buidling lighting on City Hall and the two parking lot lights replaced with LED Dark Sky compliance lights.
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For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff) | financedept@cityofkasson.com | 507-634-6321
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La Prairie - 1 star
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1/8/2015
installed 16 new street lights on a corridor street that is 1 mile long. The new lights are LED and “Dark Sky” compliant.
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New Brighton - 1 star
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All exterior wall pack lighting on the Public Safety Facility (Fire Station) have been replaced with LED. We have also retrofitted have the wash bay, oxygen room, and laundry room with LED's.

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For more information contact:
Craig Schlichting (City staff) | craig.schlichting@newbrightonmn.gov | 651-638-2056
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New Hope - 1 star
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Energy efficient lighting is used as often as possible. Dark-Sky lighting is not required, but generally used on all lights other than streetlights. In In 2015, the city installed two new energy-efficient LED fixtures on the south side of West Metro Fire Station #3.
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Jeff Alger (City staff) | jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us | 763-531-5119
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Roseville - 1 star
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The city's LED Retrofit Four Year Plan (2013-2016) requires the use of energy efficient,Dark-Sky lighting when relamping or improving exterior lighting of city-owned buildings. Apprroximately 25% has been completed.
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Ryan Johnson (City staff) | Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com | 651-792-7049
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Saint Anthony - 1 star
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The City has identified in the Facilty Assessment Report and has scheduled replacement of existing fixtures in accordance with the reports recommendations.
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For more information contact:
Jay Hartman (City staff) | jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us | 612-782-3314
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Saint Paul - 1 star
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Parking ramps lights have been replaced high pressure sodium lighting with fluorescent.

At the Science Museum and RiverCentre ramps, there are automatic dimming lighting.

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For more information contact:
Kurt Schultz (City staff) | kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us | 651-266-6590
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Sauk Rapids - 1 star
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The City replaced a box light in the fire station parking lot with a Dark-Sky compliant light.
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For more information contact:
Marilyn Patterson (Community volunteer) | mpp03@charter.net | 320-258-5300
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Duluth - Pending
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Year action initially completed: 2013
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All but 3 parks have had their exterior lights replaced with LED Dark-Sky compliant lighting. All community centers have had this done as well. The city is in the process of relighting the rest of their municipal buildings.
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For more information contact:
Alex Jackson, Energy Coordinator (City staff) | ajackson@DuluthMN.gov | 218-730-4433
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