A bright idea: LED streetlights cutting costs for Minnesota cities


They last longer, reduce energy bills and look better.

That's how many cities in Minnesota are describing new LED streetlights.

The latest city to make the switch is Duluth, where 120 high-pressure sodium lights were replaced by LEDs in the first wave of installations.

About 300 LEDs are expected to be installed next year. The new lights will cost more than $200,000 up front, but the city says they'll pay for themselves in six years from savings on electricity bills.

The move comes after West St. Paul participated in the state's first community-wide test of LED streetlights. The installation of more than 500 streetlights was completed in January. As of October, the city was already seeing big energy savings.

“Other cities need to pay attention to this,’’ Mayor John Zanmiller told the Star Tribune. “This is the way it’s going, and we’re fortunate that we were the test lab.’’

Xcel Energy will use the information drawn from West St. Paul's experiment and use it establish an LED rate, the newspaper said.

Brooklyn Park also followed suit and has seen their energy costs cut in half, KSTP reported. Eden Prairie, Chanhassen and Monticello are also giving LEDs a test-run.

Next Up

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

Minneapolis Public Schools to bring middle, high students back in April

Distance learning will continue be offered to those who want it.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins

Timberwolves announce 2nd half schedule

The Timberwolves will play 37 games in 66 days to close out the season.

Chris Finch / Timberwolves

National Basketball Coaches Association criticizes Timberwolves' coaching search

The organization believes the Timberwolves failed "to conduct a through and transparent search" before hiring Chris Finch.

best buy

Best Buy announces bonuses of up to $500 for hourly workers

The retailer has seen business boom since the pandemic started, particularly online.


Burnsville PD: Customer sprayed chemical irritant at McDonald's workers

The incident happened in Burnsville over the weekend.

coronavirus, coronavirus test, covid-19

MN launches campaign to get students tested for COVID every 2 weeks

The state launched a youth testing campaign on Wednesday as part of its effort to control the spread of COVID.

jacob frey

Preparations for Derek Chauvin trial underway in Minneapolis

People will see "fortification" efforts and National Guard soldiers.

Willmar Police Department

Road rage leads to brawl at Willmar intersection, police say

The participants appeared to know each other, police said.

hazelewood burgers

3 Minnesota restaurants make it on 50 best burgers in America list

A travel website praised the restaurants' burgers in a recently released list.

Fire, firefighters

Firefighter critical after gun discharges during blaze, hitting him

The 35-year-old Cornell firefighter is hospitalized in critical condition


CAPCO is a bad idea for Minnesota

CAPCO (which stands for “Certified Capital Companies”) is intended to bring new venture capital money into Minnesota. Contributor John Alexander supports the conceptual effort, but says this bill (HF 1823) is ripe with problems and would duplicate the poor results and waste experienced by other states...