Vicenza garrison installs smart lights on track to Net Zero
July 29, 2013
VICENZA, Italy - Workmen this week are completing the installation of lower energy consuming, longer lasting Light Emitting Diode street lamps across Caserma Carlo Ederle.
The installation will see the substitution of 247 light poles supporting 494 old style metal halide lamp fixtures with 357 LED light fixtures, ranging from 24 to 48 watts. The project is being completed at a cost of $843,000.
The switch over will save the Army money in two ways, said Engineering Division Chief Greg Vallery of the U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza Directorate of Public Works. "This will result in an 85 percent reduction in energy consumption, saving $20,000 a year," Vallery said.
Additionally, LED lamps should last a minimum of 10 years, he said.
"Because the LED Lamps last five times as long as the old lamps they are replacing, the savings from the purchase of replacement lights will be $6,500 a year," said Vallery. "To that we can add the cost of man hours no longer required to replace the old style lamps, saving another $3,500 annually."
For Soldiers, workers and their families on Caserma Ederle, the new directional LED light fixtures will provide better illumination.
"The old type light fixtures did not meet the minimum lighting standards for the road or sidewalk, and did not comply with the light norms for light pollution," Vallery said.
DPW Engineering staff working on the project included Max Bozzolan, Carlo Beninca, Thomas Raffaello and Luca Muzzana.
Completion of the project is another step in the direction of Net Zero Energy Installations across the U.S. Army. A Net Zero Energy Installation is one that produces as much energy on site as it uses, over the course of a year. Energy production, energy re-capture and reduction in use of energy are all part of the equation.