LED Streetlight Retrofits


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LED Streetlight retrofits

Rapid LED Streetlight Conversion Program: 2017-2020

Thank you for your interested in retrofitting your streetlights with LEDs. The LED Grant Program has ended and no funding is available at this time. Please feel free to browse MAPC’s available resources below. For information on these resources, or to work with MAPC on a streetlight project, contact Cara Goodman at

Running from 2017 through the end of 2020, the $5.5 million Rapid LED Streetlight Conversion Program was administered by MAPC on behalf of the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and benefited a diverse cross-section of Massachusetts’ rural, suburban, and urban communities, from Quincy to West Springfield to Athol.

The program provided grant funding for 30 percent of the cost of materials and installation associated with converting conventional high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights to light emitting diode (LED) technology, which is capable of cutting electricity usage by 50 to 70 percent. The longer-lasting fixtures can also reduce routine maintenance costs by at least 50 percent.

You can learn more about the LED program by downloading this overview flyer or contacting Cara Goodman at 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.

Our Accomplishments

Since 2013, MAPC has developed and managed procurements to help municipalities obtain the necessary goods and services to retrofit their streetlights. MAPC’s collective procurements helped reduce cost and accelerate retrofit timelines for over 61 municipalities with a cumulative 98,000 total streetlights.

As grant administrator for the DOER’s Rapid Retrofit LED Streetlight program, MAPC worked with 77 cities and towns, which received over $5.5 million to install 116,139 LED streetlights. The installations are projected to reduce electricity usage by more than 35.1 million kilowatt hours (kWh) and lower costs for municipalities by over $5.4 million per year, while avoiding over 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually - equivalent to taking over 2,150 cars off the road. Read our press release celebrating the program's end here.

Nine grantee municipalities had more than half of their population residing in an Environmental Justice (EJ) neighborhood. In total, over $1.7 million in grant funds went to the nine EJ communities – which will result in annual municipal electricity savings of approximately 12.9 million kWh hours and avoid 3,800 metric tons of GHG emissions each year – accounting for 38 percent of total emissions avoided through the streetlight program. EJ communities awarded grants over the course of the program include Ayer, Brockton, Everett, Malden, Leominster, Lexington, Lowell, Lynn and Quincy.

Info for Participants

Download the MAPC-DOER Contract for LED Streetlight Rapid Retrofit program here.

Grant Basics

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

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

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

Services Provided by MAPC through Grant

MAPC provided 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.

Grant Updates & Disbursement

After design is finalized and unit prices are known for material and installation, download the Grant Reservation Update Form (v.7/08/2019), follow directions to complete Table 1, and submit to

After installation is complete, download the Grant Reservation Update Form (v.7/08/2019), follow directions for Table 2A and 2B, and submit to Once both MAPC and the City/Town agree the data is complete and accurate, the City/Town will print and sign the Tables. MAPC will then disburse funding as soon as possible.

Wireless Controls for LEDs

Upgrade your LEDs for safer and smarter streets

All communities enrolled in MAPCs LED lighting program have the option to upgrade their street lights with wireless controls. "Control ready LEDs" are connected to the internet and are compatible with smart devices, allowing for a variety of new “smart city” lighting features making our streets safer, and more energy efficient.

Features can include anything from, remote emergency signal lights which notify drivers to yield to approaching emergency vehicles, or the ability to set regular lighting schedules which adjust to specific street light brightness depending on the time of day. To learn more about Wireless Streetlight Controls, read our blog post or watch the webinar.

Have questions, or want to contract wireless controls in your community? Please contact Cara Goodman.


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.

Plan for Municipal Retrofit Projects

This topic details the steps and information required to evaluate and plan for a retrofit project.

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.

EMS 1 - Arlington, Chelsea, Woburn & Natick (Won by Siemens)

EMS 2 - Somerville, Sharon & Winchester (Won by Tanko Lighting)

EMS 3 - Beverly, Gloucester, Hamilton, Melrose, Northampton, Salem, Swampscott, Wenham & Winthrop (Won by Siemens)

EMS 4 - Hopkinton, Lowell, Malden, Millis & Sudbury (Won by Tanko Lighting)

Bid Consultant - Chicopee (Kauffman Consultants)

Designer - Westfield (Tanko Lighting)

Designer 01 - Brockton (Won by RealTerm Energy)

Designer 02 & 03 - Andover, Boston, Everett, Leominster, Warren, Watertown & Wayland (Won by Tanko Lighting)

MAPC-DOER-01: Streetlight Installation - Burlington (Won by Coviello)

MAPC-DOER-02: Streetlight Installation - Brockton (Won by Dagle)

MAPC-DOER-03: Designer - Clinton, Dalton, Dracut, Erving, Franklin, Ware, Weymouth (Won by Tanko Lighting)

MAPC-DOER-04: Wireless Controls - Leominster (Won by Echelon)

MAPC-DOER-05: Streetlight Installation - Leominster & Andover (Won by Siemens)

MAPC-DOER-06: Wireless Controls - Brockton (Won by CIMCON Lighting)

MAPC-DOER-07: Designer Gardner, Hanover, Manchester-by-the-Sea, North Andover, Northbridge, Webster & Westport (Won by Tanko Lighting)

MAPC-DOER-08: Installation – Ayer, Beverly, Holbrook, Rockland, Wayland & Winchendon (Won by Dagle Electric)

MAPC-DOER-09: Wireless Controls - Ayer (Won by CIMCON Lighting)

MAPC-DOER-10: Designer – Amesbury, Auburn, Haverhill, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough (Won by RealTerm Energy)

MAPC-DOER-11: Designer – Statewide (Won by LightSmart Consulting, RealTerm Energy, Tanko Lighting & TEN Connected Solutions)

MAPC-DOER-12: Wireless Controls – Statewide (Won by CIMCON Lighting, Echelon, Fred Davis Corp with Silver Springs, Philips & Verizon)

MAPC-DOER-13: Wireless Controls – Dracut (Won by CIMCON Lighting)

MAPC-DOER-14: Streetlight Installation – Dracut, Erving, Gardner & Webster (Won by Dagle Electric)

MAPC-DOER-15: Streetlight Installation – Franklin, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Medfield, Medford & Ware (Won by Pine Ridge)

MAPC-DOER-16: Streetlight Installation – Clinton, Dudley & North Andover (Won by Coviello Electric)

MAPC-DOER-17: Streetlight Installation – Dalton, Pittsfield, Sunderland & Williamsburg (Won by Pine Ridge)

MAPC-DOER-18: Streetlight Installation – Weymouth (Won by Coviello Electric)

MAPC-DOER-19: Streetlight Installation – Needham, Hanover, Marion and Northbridge (Won by Dagle Electric)

MAPC-DOER-20: Streetlight Installation – Everett, Westport, Oxford, Westford, Whitman & Douglas (Won by Arden Engineering)

MAPC-DOER-21: Streetlight Installation – Amesbury, Auburn, Haverhill, Tyngsborough & Tewksbury (Won by Arden Engineering)

MAPC-DOER-22: Streetlight Installation – Lynn (Won by Dagle Electric)

MAPC-DOER-23: Streetlight Installation – Athol, Berlin, Cohasset, Leicester, Newbury, Palmer, Salisbury, Somerset, Stoneham and Swansea  (Won by Arden Engineering)

MAPC-DOER-24: Audit/Design Consultant – Statewide (Won by Citelum, Graeme Lister Consulting, LightSmart Consulting, RealTerm Energy, and Tanko Lighting)

MAPC-DOER-25: Streetlight Installation – Agawam and Stoneham (Won by Arden Engineering)

MAPC-DOER-26: Streetlight Installation – Essex, Lexington, Longmeadow, Spencer (Won by Arden Engineering)

MAPC-DOER-27: Streetlight Installation – Billerica, Bridgewater (bid was cancelled)

MAPC-DOER-28: Streetlight Installation – Grafton and Saugus (Won by Dagle Electric)

MAPC-DOER-29: Streetlight Installation – Buckland, Carver, Freetown, Mattapoisett, and West Springfield (Won by Arden Engineering)

MAPC-DOER-30: Streetlight Installation – Billerica and Bridgewater (Won by Pine Ridge Technologies)

LED Luminaire Quotes from State Contract


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