MONTROSE, Colorado (KKCO) The City of Montrose is currently installing new solar-powered outdoor lighting in Rotary Park to improve parking safety for pedestrians and increase energy efficiency in the community.
The city says they have worked hard to install the nine new street lights and are in the process of adding more.
Each LED light is attached to a buried concrete base and is powered entirely by solar energy. LED lighting is an energy-saving alternative to conventional incandescent lamps and can be up to ten times more efficient.
The southern end of Rotary Park is a popular year-round hiking area for local residents, according to the city.
“The solar lights will be the new standard for Montrose parks going forward,” said Jackie Bubenik, deputy director of public works.
The city is also using the new LED technology to replace older lights that either no longer work or are less energy efficient.
“By using solar lighting, we also have more options for how we place the lighting along paths,” said Bubenik.
The lights are very low-maintenance and have a lifespan of around 20 years, saving tens of thousands of dollars in energy costs, according to the city.
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