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Let there be (cheaper) light
Manteca street lights will be replaced with high induction efficiency lamps. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Changing 4,800 light bulbs will save Manteca taxpayers at least $150,000 a year.

Work will start in the coming month on the first phase of a $685,830 project being financed in part with federal stimulus recovery funds to switch street lights to high-efficiency induction lamps.

They will allow the city to trim its PG&E bill for street lights by at least $150,000 on an annual basis.

The city’s low-income neighborhoods will see the first light changeovers. That’s because the city is going forward with the portion of the work being funded using Community Development Grant Recovery money that is also part of the stimulus package but is aimed specifically at low-income neighborhoods. That money must be spent in qualifying neighborhoods such as near the Boys & Girls Club on Alameda Street, around Southside Park, and near Sequoia School to name a few.

Manteca has been allocated $586,200 for the balance of the work as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that targets energy conservation.

The LEDs last longer plus provide more even light that also allows for truer color perception.