ROSAMOND — The Rosamond Community Services District agreed to a program that will replace Rosamond street lights with LED fixtures in order to save energy and with the hopes that it will eventually lead to lower costs.
The costs of converting the lights will be covered under a 20-year loan to Southern California Edison, which owns and maintains the street lights.
During the loan payback period, the new lights will save $6,594 annually in energy costs, and $16,497 annually after the loan is paid off, General Manager Steve Perez said.
The District does not own, maintain or set the charges for the street lights in Rosamond, but it does collect the charges for Southern California Edison. The money collected by RCSD is strictly a pass-through to the energy utility.
“Basically what we are is a collection agency,” Perez said.
Board President Greg Wood said he approached Edison about the program in February, and staff has been working on it in the months since.
“Yes, we have to pay for the retrofit to the LED lights, but there’s no upfront out-of-pocket costs for this agency. It’s all paid for by Edison, and then over a 20-year period we pay it back to Edison,” he said.
However, the lower energy costs will be realized from the start and used to pay the loan, he said.
“The community gets an instant benefit,” Wood said. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s a win-win for the community.”
While the LED lights are expected to use less energy and therefore generate savings in their costs, there is no guarantee those savings will be passed down to the individual customers, Perez said.
The agreement with Edison states “SCE does not guarantee that any energy or bill savings will accrue to Applicant as a result of the LED Fixture replacements.”