Nick Fetty | July 2, 2015
Earlier this week the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors approved a study that will look at equipping all county facilities with LED lighting.
The project is expected to cost between $1.2 million and $1.5 million “but about 70% of that cost may be returned in the form of a rebate.” Lighting would need to be installed in 60 county buildings accounting for approximately 450,000 square feet.
Board supervisor Jeremy Taylor proposed the idea last week. Taylor, who also serves as the energy specialist for the Sioux City school district, estimated that the actual cost of the project (after rebates) could be recouped through lower energy costs and other savings within about three years.
“As far as our county buildings with LED lighting, which is highly efficient and is going to be a great use of taxpayer money and ultimately result in rebate potentials that will be good for taxpayers and then for the environment too,” Taylor told KTIV.
Taylor was also behind an LED initiative with the school district which has netted at least $350,000 in savings. If the Woodbury County project moves through it will be the first in Iowa to equip all county buildings with LED lighting.
Data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that LED lights can last more than 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs while also emitting significantly less heat. LED lights also do not contain mercury which can be damaging to the environment and pose public health risks when not properly disposed of.