Governor injects $7.5 million into Smart Street Lighting programme


The New York State government is directing $7.5 million towards the installation of smart LED streetlights.

The $7.5 million in funding is available for municipalities to partner with the New York Power Authority to install energy efficient and intelligent smart LED streetlights.

The funding is available via Governor. M. Cuomo’s Smart Street Lighting NY programme in which the state has set a target to install 500,000 smart streetlights by 2025.

A total of $5 million will be set aside for municipalities, who will be eligible to apply for up to $500,000 in funding. A total of $2.5 million will be put aside for the largest cities outside of New York City—Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers.

Cities will repay loans granted from energy savings achieved from the use of the smart streetlights.

The City of Syracuse will be the first large municipality in New York to test the innovative new streetlight technologies.

The pilot will include the installation of equipment that can expand Wi-Fi, 4G and 5G internet connection capabilities on its streetlights, and install other digital enhancements to city-wide services.

The streetlight upgrades support the Reforming the Energy Vision goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels.  

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This funding for smart street lighting across the state will allow municipalities to use innovative technology to better address public service and safety needs, while reducing energy and maintenance costs.”

New York has plans to generate 70% of its energy from renewables by 2030 and deploy 3,000MW of energy storage by 2030.