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Grosse Pointe Farms City Hall to get energy-efficient lighting upgrade

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 4, 2019

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FARMS — Grosse Pointe Farms’ aging City Hall will get a modern lighting upgrade in the coming months.

During the Aug. 12 Farms City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously in favor of replacing all of the incandescent and fluorescent light fixtures at the municipal building with new, hardwired LED tubes and fixtures. City Manager Shane Reeside said the Farms has been working with the Eastpointe-based firm of Eco-Green-Energy LLC on this project. The total cost, including tax and labor, is $17,179.

“It will provide better, more efficient lighting in City Hall,” Reeside said.

He said heat from the existing lights isn’t a big problem, but because the LED lights won’t cost as much to operate, he said the new lights will essentially pay for themselves.

“The payback they projected was under three years,” Reeside said.

There are other advantages as well, because, as Reeside noted, city workers had to replace the ballasts when the old bulbs burned out, which happened more frequently with some of the older lights because they don’t last as long as LEDs.

“It’s just to try to be more energy efficient and reduce our maintenance costs,” he said of this project.

The city was able to trim the project costs a bit, thanks to a rebate from DTE Energy.

“Our analysis of the 2019 DTE program indicates that you would be eligible for a rebate of $1,062.91,” explained Sheldon Wardwell, of Eco-Green-Energy. Eco-Green-Energy completed the necessary paperwork to take advantage of this DTE offer.

The rebate will bring the Farms’ cost down to $16,116.09.

Reeside said the lighting replacement is slated to take place this year, likely sometime in the fall.

Call Staff Writer K. Michelle Moran at (586) 498-1047.