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Richmond Hill converting 15,000 lights to LEDs with controls

September 26, 2016 - The Town of Richmond Hill, Ont. has awarded Ameresco the contract to design, supply and install LED lights and a smart lighting control system on its outdoor lighting network.

September 26, 2016  By  Renée Francoeur

Richmond Hill notes it operates a network of about 17,000 street, park and parking lot lights and this $8-million project—converting more than 15,000 of the outdoor lights—is expected to result in an estimated savings of $1.5 million in operations and maintenance costs annually.

“This is an upfront and forward thinking investment that will pay for itself in roughly six to seven years,” said Mayor Dave Barrow.  

Smart lighting controls installed on each light will allow staff to monitor and operate the lights remotely, the town adds. “Staff will be able to monitor electricity consumption more accurately, program certain operations like dimming and receive real-time lights-out or trouble notifications”, the town states.

“The inclusion of smart lighting controls is significant because it essentially creates a wireless narrow band communications network throughout Richmond Hill. With this, Richmond Hill is one of the few Canadian municipalities to lay the foundation for high-tech systems management and is establishing the foundation for future ‘smart cities’ applications such as smart traffic lights, water and gas metering”, the town says.


Work will begin in October with installation starting in January 2017. The project is expected to take one year to complete. Once work is underway, progress updates will be available on the town’s website at

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