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Wellesley seeks public input on new energy-efficient street lighting

Wellesley’s Municipal Light Plant is seeking public input on proposed energy-efficient lighting as local officials work to retrofit the town’s 3,100 street lights.

Town officials said they have received approval for a $281,000 state grant to help replace the older fixtures with new light emitting diode (LED) lamps. The entire project will cost $900,000, according to Richard Joyce, the plant’s director.

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Installing the LED street lights is expected to save taxpayers $125,000 each year, local officials said in a statement. It would also cut electricity use by 930,000 kilowatt hours annually, which town officials said is the equivalent of taking 134 passenger vehicles off the road each year.

Last December, Governor Charlie Baker’s administration announced a $11.4 million program to replace older street lights with LEDs. The survey asks residents to give their feedback on LED lamps that have been installed as a test on Croton Street and Pine Street.

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Officials ask that survey responses be completed by Oct. 13. In the statement, officials said they need the public feedback to determine “the most appropriate neighborhood street lighting solution for Wellesley.”

Residents can fill out the street light survey here.

John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.
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