LED Street Lighting

NEW Grant Funds 30% of the Cost of LED Retrofit 

Through MAPC, you can access one-time Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) grant funding for 30% of the cost of LED streetlight materials and installation – and get the convenience and peace of mind of collective purchasing.

To be eligible, your city or town must already own its existing streetlights, and commit to OR have completed a streetlight audit. 

Learn more from this brief program overview or by contacting Patrick Roche at MAPC (proche@mapc.org or 617-933-0790). You can also watch our kick-off webinar with lots of details about the program, case studies of two municipalities, and tips from the utilities on incentives. Watch here!

Reserve your grant funding today! Fill out this form to initiate the funding reservation process: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJWD7PM 

Grant Basics

The portion of project costs that will be covered by the DOER grant are equal to thirty percent (30%) of total material and labor costs for cobrahead streetlight conversions. This grant is distributed as a reimbursement and is calculated after utility incentives are subtracted from total project cost.

First, MAPC calculates the total retrofit cost, energy and cost savings, utility incentive and total DOER grant amount using a retrofit calculator. Then, MAPC and the municipality sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will officially reserve the grant funds until the streetlight retrofit is complete. The MOU also commits the municipality to meeting certain milestones of progress on the project.

Next steps are to complete a streetlight audit/design and obtain a project management service, which MAPC can facilitate by issuing a request for proposals (RFP). Once baseline streetlight data has been established, MAPC administers a bid solicitation using FAC100 Category 2 for competitive material pricing. Additionally, MAPC will facilitate a bid solicitation using MGL c.30 section 39M for the installation services of the streetlight retrofit. The selected project manager will oversee the installation of the streetlights.

Streetlight retrofits must be complete by December 31, 2018.

Eligibility for Grant

In order to be eligible for the DOER grant, participating municipalities must own their streetlights OR have a purchase price from the utility AND have funds appropriated to make the purchase If streetlights are not owned, M.G.L. Chapter 164 Section 34A allows municipalities to purchase streetlights from their utility. The average time to buy back streetlights from utility is 6 months.

Services Provided by MAPC through Grant

MAPC provides the services for the collective procurements of materials and installation. If you are participating in the DOER grant program, it is a requirement that MAPC facilitate these solicitations. MAPC is not required to procure the audit, design, and project management services, although we can assist with this process if needed. We routinely have group procurements for the audit, design and project management services, which can help your city or town leverage better pricing.

Open Solicitations for Grant

MAPC-DOER-05 Installation (labor only) of LED Streetlights for the City of Leominster and Town of Andover. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. on Friday June 9.

If you would like a copy of any open solicitations, please contact Patrick Roche at PRoche@mapc.org.

MAPC LED Procurement Experience

MAPC has developed and managed procurements for over a number of communities to provide them with the necessary services to retrofit their streetlights. The following table dispalys complete and current MAPC LED procurements.

LED Procurement Experience


For more detailed information, refer to the municipal clean energy toolkit topics below:

  • Buy Back Streetlights from Utility - This topic is useful as the first step (unless you already own your streetlights) in reducing energy use through a streetlight retrofit.
  • Retrofit Streetlights with LEDs - This topic outlines all of the steps in a retrofit project including scope of work development, lighting design and fixture selection, implementation, procurement, and financing.

Bid Documentation

The following bids and responses to bids can be downloaded at this link. They are listed in chronological order here:

  1. EMS 1 - Arlington, Chelsea, Woburn & Natick
  2. EMS 2 - Somerville, Sharon & Winchester
  3. EMS 3 - Beverly, Gloucester, Hamilton, Melrose, Northampton, Salem, Swampscott, Wenham & Winthrop
  4. EMS 4 - Hopkinton, Lowell, Malden, Millis & Sudbury
  5. Bid Consultant - Chicopee
  6. Designer - Westfield
  7. Designer 01 - Brockton
  8. Designer 02 & 03 - Andover, Boston, Everett, Leominster, Warren, Watertown & Wayland
  9. MAPC-DOER-01: Streetlight Installation - Burlington
  10. MAPC-DOER-02: Streetlight Installation - Brockton
  11. MAPC-DOER-03: Designer: Coming Soon
  12. MAPC-DOER-04: Wireless Controls - Leominster: Coming Soon


For more information on any of these projects, contact Patrick Roche, Energy Coordinator, Clean Energy Division, MAPC.