Raleigh and Cree build LED City to evaluate LED lighting
The city of Raleigh, North Carolina has teamed with Cree to launch the LED City, and will evaluate multiple types of LED lighting fixtures and installations.
The "LED City" initiative is designed to create a "living laboratory" that will evaluate the use of LED lighting and build a business case that will eventually enable Raleigh to deliver the economic, environmental and usage benefits of LED lighting to its residents.
Progress Energy, Raleigh’s primary electric utility provider, says the floor equipped with LED lights uses over 40 percent less energy than the standard lighting system. Plus, according to Progress Energy’s research, the quality of light in the garage is greatly improved.
Both Cree and Raleigh public officials expect the initiative to serve as a model for other cities that are considering implementing energy-efficient infrastructures.
"Today's announcement represents a milestone toward large-scale adoption of clean, energy-efficient technologies," commented Kateri Callahan, president of the Washington, DC-based Alliance to Save Energy (ASE). "Raleigh's progressive commitment to becoming the first 'LED City' will no doubt serve as a model for other cities seeking to improve energy consumption and reduce negative impacts on the environment."