City of Ottawa Streetlighting Partnership

Energy Ottawa is collaborating with the City of Ottawa to convert 58,000 streetlights to LED technology and provide all related maintenance services.


Streetlighting Conversion

The LED streetlight conversion began in July of 2016 and will continue until June 2020.

During this four-year period, Energy Ottawa will replace 58,000 streetlight fixtures across the entire City of Ottawa:

  • 4,000 installations in 2016;
  • 15,000 installations in each of 2017, 2018 and 2019; and
  • 9,000 installations in 2020.

The City of Ottawa has approved the use of warm colour temperature (3000K) LED luminaires for residential areas. These new LEDs are “full cut-off” and have better optical control, meaning they help reduce the amount of light pollution and light trespass.

Energy Ottawa is collaborating with Black & McDonald, LED Roadway Lighting, Eaton Cooper Lighting and Leotek Electronics to design, manufacture and install the LED lighting. All of the old streetlights will be disassembled and disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.

Energy Ottawa is experienced in LED streetlighting conversions. In early 2014, we replaced 740 streetlights on Carling Avenue, which resulted in a reduction in energy consumption of 640,000 kWh. In 2015, we successfully converted 1700+ streetlights to LED for the City of Pembroke.

Once the LED conversion is complete in 2020, it is estimated that there will be a 55% reduction in energy usage. The City of Ottawa is expected to save approximately $4 million annually (equivalent to removing 2,500 homes from the electricity grid).

Key features and enhancements

  • Nodes and Network: Each LED streetlight has its own “wireless communication node” and IP address fully-connected to a wireless network. These nodes also allow us to track each streetlight individually. All streetlight nodes are also connected to one another, communicating and distributing data within the network.
  • Customized Illumination: Energy Ottawa will engineer the LED conversion to optimize illumination levels for each street. Every LED light fixture can be individually controlled.
  • Instant Performance Reporting: Previously, City of Ottawa residents or night surveyors would have to report faulty streetlights and outages. But through the new wireless network, each streetlight sends regular reports to Energy Ottawa regarding its condition, performance and energy usage. As a result, we are immediately notified if a streetlight isn’t functioning properly, allowing us to quickly dispatch our maintenance crew to fix the issue.
  • Future Smart City Functionality: Our system creates a platform for Smart City initiatives in the future.

Streetlighting Maintenance

Energy Ottawa will perform all ongoing maintenance of streetlights across the entire City of Ottawa for an initial period of 6 years (with a possible 4-year extension).

By assuming the role of maintenance services provider, Energy Ottawa will reduce the City’s overall streetlight maintenance costs by over 50%, or $1.6 million annually, once the LED streetlight conversion is complete.

The majority of residential streetlight maintenance will be conducted in partnership with Black and McDonald. Hydro Ottawa’s 24/7 Field Operation Crews will also convert streetlights in specialized areas and respond to emergency streetlight issues, such as when a vehicle collides with a streetlight.

If you notice a streetlight out or have a concern, please call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1.

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