Toronto invites expressions of interest in Lightsavers project

June 19, 2008
Following its successful LEDiscovery event, Toronto is calling for LED lighting companies to participate in a new pilot project.
The City of Toronto is requesting responses from LED and adaptive lighting control technology (ALT) manufacturers who wish to be considered for participation in the Toronto Atmospheric Fund LightSavers Low Carbon Lighting Technologies Pilot Project.

Interested parties can download the Expression of Interest document. The closing date for submissions is July 30, 2008.

The City of Toronto website says, “The LightSavers program of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) will work to stimulate market transformation for outdoor lighting. This lighting sector represents a significant opportunity to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the deployment of new technology, such as the use of LED lamps and intelligent lighting system controls.

"These technologies could reduce GHG emissions associated with lighting installations in pedestrian, park and parking areas by up to 70 percent. LightSavers will combine grants, green procurement, innovative financing and market research to build market awareness and advance the use of LED luminaires and ALT across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Through the LightSavers program, TAF is developing a consortium of municipalities, agencies, boards, commissions and institutions committed to testing the technology, performance and business case for LED and ALT solutions.”

As reported in the recent TAF newsletter, “From daily light shows on the CN Tower to the traffic lights on Toronto streets, LEDs are proving to be an effective tool in reducing GHG emissions from lighting. With generous support from Natural Resources Canada and the Ontario Power Authority’s Technology Development Fund, TAF recently launched LightSavers, a GTA-wide program to advance low carbon lighting solutions.

To get things started, TABIA’s greenTbiz staff coordinated an LEDiscovery event – see Toronto leads with LEDiscovery. 25 LED and adaptive lighting technology (ALT) manufacturers who presented their products to representatives from 25 different municipal, academic, social and health care sector organizations who participated in an innovative speed-dating session called “LEDate”. The full LEDiscovery report can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Manufacturers of both technology streams are encouraged to visit the website, download the EOI and respond as soon as possible. The terms of the EOI are listed within the document.