Area cities, businesses lining up for company’s LED lighting programs

Area cities, businesses lining up for company’s LED lighting programs

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Contractors recently installed these LED lights for Mississippi Power at this Jackson County Utility District facility.
Contractors recently installed these LED lights for Mississippi Power at this Jackson County Utility District facility.

The push to convert to LED (light emitting diode) lighting continues to ramp up, especially from numerous city leaders and area businesses in Mississippi Power’s service territory.

“We recently installed nearly 300 LED lights all over Ocean Springs, including 105 in the Gulf Hills area,” said Dondi Sawyer, a senior engineering and sales analyst. “LEDs were also set up at Jackson County‘s sewer treatment plant, and three hotels in Gulfport are also going with LEDs.”

Sawyer said the reasons are simple – energy savings and a 12-15 year lifespan for LED bulbs.

“LEDs use 60 percent less energy than regular lights and last five times longer,” he said.

In 2015, the company’s General Office building in Gulfport converted its outside lighting to LEDs along with several local businesses, including Gulfport Memorial Hospital and Keesler Federal Credit Union. Last year, Mississippi Power also partnered with the city of Biloxi to install 86 LED street lights in Hiller Park.

In 2014, the city of Walnut Grove converted all of its streetlights to LED while the George County School District also retrofitted its lighting system with LEDs.

And last month, the city of Hattiesburg announced it is replacing incandescent lights with 1,500 LED bulbs in city-owned buildings and properties by Nov. 30.

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