Georgia Power to work with City of Atlanta to upgrade, add streetlights

Published on July 01, 2021 by Dave Kovaleski

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Georgia Power is working with the City of Atlanta to increase the number of streetlights by more than 10,000 lights and upgrade other lighting in the city.

The initiative – called One Atlanta – Light Up the Night — follows a six-month assessment conducted by the city’s Department of Transportation along with a team of industrial engineering students from Georgia Tech. Through the assessment, the team identified where additional streetlights are most needed based on crime rates, crash rates, and existing lighting coverage.

“Through this partnership with the City of Atlanta, Georgia Power is dedicated to providing energy efficient solutions to improve visibility and safety in our communities,” Bentina Terry, senior vice president of Region External Affairs & Community Engagement at Georgia Power, said. “As a committed partner, we are working to help implement solutions that benefit both our citizens and our city.”

Increasing the amount of high-quality outdoor lighting will not only improve safety and security but by switching to energy efficient LED lights, the city is expected to see a 60 percent reduction in their energy usage. Further, it will lower Atlanta’s annual carbon footprint by approximately 2,000 tons.

“The City of Atlanta is proud to partner with Georgia Power to invest in streetlights to help keep our communities safe,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said. “We anticipate that this significant lighting investment will help reduce crime and accidents.”

Georgia Power is considered a global leader in LED technology and works with many governments, businesses, and residential customers.