New York Power Authority President and CEO Justin Driscoll recently met with Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Malik Evans to highlight NYPA’s $500,000 Smart Cities grant funding to support the purchase of smart nodes for the city’s streetlighting system.
The new smart nodes will allow for system operator lighting control and dimming and the reporting of errors or outages for individual fixtures. The $500,000 grant will cover the entire cost of purchasing the new equipment.
The funding is tied to NYPA’s Smart Street Lighting NY program, which was created to help communities convert their streetlights to LED technology. The program already achieved the goal of converting 500,000 streetlights state-wide by 2025.
The purpose of the funding is to help municipalities explore and implement Smart City technology to leverage their existing streetlighting infrastructure, enhance their operational efficiency, and improve public service, said Paul DeMichele, NYPA’s Manager for Media Relations and Corporate Communications.
The grant can only be used towards the implementation of Smart City technology including hardware, software, and labor.
NYPA previously collaborated with the City of Rochester to procure 10,000 energy efficient LED streetlights, reducing carbon emissions and municipal energy and maintenance costs.