U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium

Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium

The DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium shares technical information and experiences related to LED street and area lighting demonstrations and serves as an objective resource for evaluating new products on the market intended for those applications. Cities, power providers, and others who invest in street and area lighting are invited to join the Consortium and share their experiences. The goal is to build a repository of valuable field experience and data that will significantly accelerate the learning curve for buying and implementing high-quality, energy-efficient LED lighting. Consortium members are part of an international knowledge base and peer group, receive updates on Consortium tools and resources, receive the Consortium E-Newsletter, and help steer the work of the Consortium by participating on a committee. Learn more about the Consortium.

Equivalency Task Force Questionnaire

The MSSLC Technical Committee's Equivalency Task Force has drafted a questionnaire to better characterize common street and roadway lighting applications. The knowledge gleaned from the questionnaire may help to inform the design and specification of LED luminaires that are optimized for – and perhaps even interchangeable in – a variety of "typical" scenarios. Up to three such typical scenarios can be submitted by each participating organization, and responses will be aggregated without any identifying information when this data is published by the MSSLC. The ultimate goal of the effort is to create a product selection method that is in between a "System" specification method, which requires detailed knowledge of site parameters and gives the best results, and a "Materials" method that relies instead on simpler metrics but that may not correlate as well with installed performance. Municipalities and utilities who are able to participate should send an email to msslc.luminaires@pnnl.gov with their contact information.

Financing Guidance for LED Street Lighting Programs

Financing an LED street lighting replacement program still presents a hurdle for many system owners, even when the planned transition offers favorable economics. A new section of the Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium website provides an introduction to the various financing models and tools that are becoming available, case studies of municipalities that have used those tools, and links to resources that offer additional information.

Membership Resources News and events

Consortium Membership is free and open to municipalities, utilities, and energy efficiency organizations, with participation at various levels from other interested parties.

  • For those buying, using, or considering street and area lighting: JOIN US

  • For those manufacturing or distributing LED street and area lighting products: PARTICIPATE

DOE and the Consortium offer a variety of outdoor lighting resources to guide municipalities, utilities, and others in their evaluation of LED street lighting products.

The Consortium shares best practices and lessons learned through national and regional meetings, webcasts, web-based discussion forums, and other means.