In 2019, Albany partnered with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to participate in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Smart Street Lighting NY program. Smart Street Lighting NY is a statewide program that calls for at least 500,000 streetlights throughout the state to be replaced with LED technology by 2025.
The City purchased all 10,800 of its streetlights from National Grid—a major strategic initiative of Albany's Five Cities Energy Plan. This project saves the City more than $3 million annually, in addition to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,850 metric tons a year once the lights have been converted to LED (the equivalent of taking approximately 600 cars off the road).
LED, as a light source provides quality light which is whiter and renders colors more accurately, increasing visibility and safety on City streets and sidewalks. These lights will also be dark-sky compliant, reducing the City's amount of light pollution as well.
The City has also installed smart nodes for an interactive maintenance system, which will automate notifications about street light outages and allow for street lighting to be easily controlled.