The City of Roeland Park, KS recently completed the installation of 337 LED street lights making it the largest municipality in Johnson County to totally convert its streetlights to LEDs. Roeland Park is the third city in Johnson County to own a complete LED street lighting system.

The first half of the city’s street light system was converted to LEDs in 2012 and 2013 through a U.S. Department of Energy grant from the Smart Lights for Smart Cities Initiative. The Mid-America Regional Council coordinated the initiative in seven counties across the region.

The grant allowed Roeland Park to replace approximately half of its 595 mercury, high-pressure sodium lights with energy-efficient LED lights at no cost to city taxpayers. The remaining streetlights were funded with savings from the recent purchase by the city of the street light system from KCP&L.

The energy-efficient streetlights will reduce Roeland Park’s energy and lighting maintenance costs. The lights have a run-time of 50,000 hours.

According to the City of Roeland Park office, if the Kansas Corporation Commission adopts an LED tariff rate, the city could see additional savings in the cost of electricity from the LED lights as well.

For more information about Roeland Park, visit www.roelandpark.org.