In order to save energy by retrofitting streetlights with LEDs, municipalities must first own the streetlights. M.G.L. Chapter 164 Section 34A allows municipalities to purchase streetlights from their utility. It was adopted as part of the 1997 Restructuring Act.
Municipalities that purchase streetlights in order to complete an LED retrofit can see savings up to 70-80% (see the Retrofit Streetlights with LEDs strategy for more information). However, 30-60% of streetlighting costs can be saved just by purchasing streetlights from utilities. This strategy describes the process for a municipality to buy back streetlights from its utility. Read more.