There may be more lights shining on Wood River if the city council decides to move forward with an upgrade. The city has been considering a switch to LED lighting at several facilities around town, but has not pulled the trigger yet. This plan has been in the talking stage for nearly a year.
In January, the council first heard about grant money that was available through the state, and decided to study the issue further. Park & Recreation Director Jason Woody says Guarantee Electric did an evaluation and worked up a price sheet that saw great savings in the short term. The hurdle remains the initial cost. Woody says to replace everything in his department has a total price tag of around $355,000.
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He says one area that could see a nearly immediate payback is the ball diamonds on 6th Street. He says that would cost the city $23,000 while the grant money pays the rest. With an estimated energy savings of $48,000, Woody says that would double the payback in the first year alone.