City of Arlington to adapt energy saving program in partnership with OpTerra Energy

The City of Arlington in Texas is initiating an energy program with OpTerra Energy Services to save $14MM in energy costs over the next 15 years.

The program includes energy efficiency for 22 Buildings and retrofits for 10,500 streetlights in the city.

The Arlington project will upgrade energy efficiency performance across 22 sites, including Ott Cribbs Public Safety Center and the Elzie Odom Recreation Center.

In addition, this will be the first major city in the southwest to retrofit 10,500 old, High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights with new, high performing Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures.

Further energy efficiency improvements will include replacing aging air conditioning equipment, modernizing control systems, and making significant lighting upgrades across City properties.

The program is designed and developed by OpTerra engineers, which will decrease the City’s energy use by more than 2.5 million kilowatt hours each year.

The City’s water consumption will also be reduced by more than 3,500,000 gallons every year.

By reducing its purchase of utility power, the City is expected to reduce its CO2 emissions by 2,383 tons.

Besides, the LED streetlight component of this program places the City of Arlington at the forefront of an advanced technology in Texas.

Appearing brighter than the legacy yellow sodium vapor lights, the new LEDs fixtures will save energy, enhance safer streets, and redirect utility budget costs to support other City initiatives that improve the quality of life of Arlingtonians.

All of the energy efficiency improvements will be made while working within the City’s existing budget and OpTerra Energy Services will guarantee the annual energy savings.

The program will help to improve the energy efficiency of the City, reflecting strong financial stewardship while also bringing economic developments.

The energy efficiency checking is underway and conversion of the streetlights will begin this March.

Sabeena Wahid