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A great LED project moves forward


Robb Hicken

With the flip of a switch, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter officially lit one of the largest LED street-lighting projects in the country on Jan. 7. This section of downtown lit up by the mayor was the historic Basque Block, between Capitol Boulevard and Sixth Street.

Streetlights and other outdoor fixtures are such a basic part of the modern landscape that they go unnoticed, yet their basic compressed sodium technology hasn’t changed since the middle part of the 20th century.

Boise is planning to LED-retrofit all of its more than 725 downtown streetlights – a project that would be funded in part from a $2.2 million federal stimulus package. In the meantime, with help from a $10,000 grant from the city of Boise, Inovus Solar partnered with Alloway Electric, both located in Boise, and the North End Neighborhood Association to retrofit 21 historic light posts with LED modules in Hyde Park.

I had a chance to talk with Boise’s Public Works Director Neal Oldemeyer during a taping the Business at its Best program.

Take a moment and watch the complete segment below.


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BB Newsmaker Show 38 from Idaho Business Review on Vimeo.

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