(Albuquerque, NM) – Earlier today, PNM in collaboration with the City of Albuquerque, announced the launch of a major project to convert all PNM-owned streetlights in Albuquerque to LED. PNM owns over 11,000 streetlights within Albuquerque, and plans to have all streetlights converted to LED by Dec. 31, 2019.
Working with contractor Bixby Electric, the project began on April 15, with the streetlight areas within Albuquerque broken into nine phases. Crews will complete the conversion of each phase before moving on to the next. The project started in the International District, and PNM is proud to announce that the streetlights within the International District have all successfully been converted to LED. A map of the project phases will be made available on PNM.com in the next couple of days.
“As the rapid advancements of technology shapes our industry, we must be agile to incorporate those technologies for the benefit of our customers and communities,” said Pat Vincent-Collawn, President and CEO of PNM Resources. “These new energy efficient lights will save the city over $1.3 million annually, help the city move toward its sustainability goals, and more importantly, it will help improve lighting in neighborhoods throughout the city. I want to thank Mayor Keller for his leadership and for making this joint project possible.”
As of today, around 1,300 streetlights have already been converted, and crews are converting an average of 120 lights per day. PNM worked closely with the City to ensure the color of light will match the color of City-owned street lights. The LED lights are more true “white light” vs. a soft yellow that was previously used, and LED wattages will be equivalent to existing light wattages.
Only streetlights within Albuquerque will be converted to LED as part of this project, and PNM will not be converting privately owned lights or floodlights. If customers have any questions regarding this project, they may call PNM at 888-DIAL-PNM.
With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving 525,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit www.PNM.com.