Frequently Asked Questions About the Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium

This page addresses many of the questions about the Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium.

How does my organization become a member?

Simply fill out and submit the membership application formPDF. Primary Members are solicited from interested cities, power providers, other owners and stakeholders. Advisory Members are solicited from organizations with a known history for promoting quality lighting and power efficiency. Primary and Advisory Members may invite Guests to participate in an effort to bring additional technical support to the group. See the Consortium CharterPDF for more information about membership.

Note that the Consortium is to be a user's group, focused on the needs of participants making investments in SSL street and area lighting products. As such, manufacturers are excluded from membership, although they may be invited to become Guests. Manufacturers will occasionally be solicited to make presentations on topics of interest to the Consortium, and will also be provided the opportunity to review draft Consortium documents prior to their becoming final.

How do members participate and where?

Members participate via web, teleconference, or at in-person meeting sites, as the need arises. They participate on sub-committees and focus groups which are established to evaluate and present specific aspects of demonstrations in an organized and consistent manner. Members also can suggest ideas for new demonstrations or topics for evaluation for consideration by the larger body.

How are demonstration sites selected?

The Consortium selects locations for demonstrations and studies from among member organizations, utilizing GATEWAY program methodology.

How is information on demonstration sites shared?

Results are shared among members at regular meetings or teleconferences. Final documents are posted on the Consortium web site and become public.

How is the organization funded?

The Consortium office is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Consortium activities, such as webinars, teleconferences, and meetings are arranged by the Consortium office, with member organizations participating at their own expense. While local meetings will be arranged in the same way, the Director will seek voluntary hosting arrangements from members where practical.

How much are member dues?

There are no member dues at this time. However, members are responsible for their own costs of participation.

Why the exclusive focus on LEDs?

DOE is congressionally mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to accelerate SSL technology because both Congress and DOE recognize its tremendous energy-saving potential. Most of the energy-saving potential of incumbent lighting technologies has been achieved, but SSL—in its relatively early stage of development—offers increasing energy efficiency going forward. With 26.5 million street lights in use across the country, DOE estimates that promoting the use of LED technology has the potential to save communities $1 billion a year in energy savings alone.