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Energy-Efficient Streetlight Upgrade Scheduled for Half Moon Bay


September 21, 2016    
Contact: John Doughty
Community Development Director  
(650) 726-8272 

Energy-Efficient Streetlight Upgrade Scheduled for Half Moon Bay

HALF MOON BAY, CA – This Friday, September 23, PG&E will begin the process of replacing the PG&E-owned non-decorative streetlights in Half Moon Bay with energy-efficient and longer-lasting LED fixtures. The City has been working with PG&E to bring this project to the City, and is pleased that the work is now scheduled, providing for significant energy savings and a reduction in the carbon footprint of the City’s operations.

The replacement project, which is expected to continue for approximately one week, will convert 235 existing high pressure sodium vapor fixtures with the LED fixtures, saving  about 85,000 kilowatt hours per year, which equates to approximately $5,500 in annual energy cost savings. These lamps will also result in greater visibility for pedestrians and drivers on City roadways.

This replacement project is great for Half Moon Bay, and with PG&E covering the entire cost, we’re gaining maximum benefit at no expense,” said Half Moon Bay Vice Mayor Debbie Ruddock. “Replacing the old fixtures with these LED lamps will notably reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and so the environmental benefits, along with the permanent energy cost savings, are most welcome.”

Although the work is not expected to cause any major disruption, motorists should use extra caution when driving in the vicinity of PG&E trucks and crews on or near the street. PG&E will not need to enter onto properties for this work, and there will be no interruption of electrical service.

PG&E is replacing its so-called “cobra head” fixtures with the new LED fixtures. Only the fixture at the end of the pole arm will be replaced, taking about 10 minutes per fixture. LED streetlights use 50 to 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs, require less maintenance, and can last up to four times longer than traditional bulbs. The City’s more “decorative” streetlight fixtures are not included in this project – but the hope is that eventually the City will be able to replace those with energy-efficient lamps as well.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 11,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City’s website is