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For Immediate Release


Tim Stokes

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ConnectWilmington, a City of Wilmington and Delmarva Power Initiative, Moves Forward with Smart Streetlight Installation

WILMINGTON, Del.  (Aug. 12, 2021) – The City of Wilmington and Delmarva Power today announced the start of the second phase of ConnectWilmington, an initiative to modernize the city's streetlights. The next portion of the project, which will start in October 2021, will upgrade approximately 2,200 Delmarva Power-owned streetlights to new smart LED streetlights by the first quarter of 2022. The City and Delmarva Power plan to upgrade all 6,800 Delmarva Power-owned streetlights in Wilmington to smart LEDs by late 2022.

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki said the next phase of the smart LED streetlight project will transform streetlights throughout the eastside of the City from Market Street to the Delaware River and 40th Street to MLK Boulevard. The Mayor said phase two project areas include Concord Avenue from the 18th Street/Miller Road intersection to Market Street; Lancaster Avenue, from Union Street to Market Street; 2nd Street from Union Street to Market Street, and 4th Street from Union Street to Market Street.

"Wilmington is becoming a smarter City," said Mayor Purzycki. "The smart node LED lighting technology is presenting us with more options than ever before that will produce an exciting future for Wilmington. I am proud of the work that Delmarva Power and the City are doing together to give the entire City a new look and feel. It is our responsibility now to use the new technology to make government more efficient from both a cost and productivity standpoint to achieve excellence in customer service. This will help us make Wilmington a safer, brighter and cleaner City."

New smart LED streetlights are brighter and more energy efficient and will be equipped with smart nodes that can communicate with a central management system. This will allow Delmarva Power to remotely monitor and control the streetlights—improving the quality of streetlight service in the community. Benefits of smart LED streetlights include:

  • Improved quality and reliability of lighting service for residents and businesses
  • Customizable lighting features and options, such as dimming and on/off schedules, that meet each neighborhood's needs
  • Increased operational efficiency due to low-maintenance LED technology and real-time monitoring of the streetlights
  • Cleaner communities by reducing greenhouse gas emissions resulting from reduced electricity consumption and unnecessary maintenance trips
  • Improved public safety through better quality lighting
  • New platform for future smart sensor technologies that can provide new community services, such as air quality or traffic monitoring

Smart LED streetlights will help create a more sustainable community by helping the City lower its carbon footprint. Smart LED streetlights reduce annual energy consumption by approximately 60 – 80 percent compared to traditional streetlights. Smart LED streetlights also reduce CO2 emissions thanks to lower maintenance requirements, which reduce the need for regularly scheduled site or equipment visits, reducing the number of Delmarva Power vehicles on the road.

"We're excited to continue our work with the City to deliver a brighter future for all Wilmingtonians," said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. "Smart street lighting technology presents a tremendous opportunity for us to collaborate with municipal partners and improve the quality of life for local residents and businesses. We look forward to bringing the benefits of this cutting-edge technology to the communities we serve and supporting the City's efforts in creating a safer and more technologically advanced city."

The next step in the project will consist of Delmarva Power completing initial site and equipment surveys, prior to any streetlight conversions. Delmarva Power and the City will work hand in hand with local communities to meet their specific needs and will provide regular project updates, including timelines for neighborhood installations, as the project moves forward and more details are available.  

Phase one of ConnectWilmington was completed in the summer of 2019 and upgraded 215 existing streetlights to smart LEDs and installed 50 smart sensors and various smart city technologies in West Center City and along stretches of Washington Street, Baynard Boulevard and North Market Street near Brandywine Village.

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