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Fairbanks, Alaska, issues RFP for 800 LED streetlights

The Alaska Department of Transportation has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a large-scale deployment of LED streetlights for the cities of Fairbanks and North Pole, Alaska. The project is funded by the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and has an estimated value of $1.5 million.  The project involves the conversion of 800 high pressure sodium (HPS) cobrahead streetlights to LED cobrahead streetlights within the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) area.


“This project is the second phase of the FMATS conversion to LED streetlights,” said Jeff Organek, engineering manager for the Alaska Department of Transportation. The cities of Fairbanks and North Pole previously installed 1,600 LED streetlights, resulting in energy use reduction of over 50 percent. Plans for Phase II have been in development since 2011, according to Donna Gardino, metropolitan planning operator for the city of Fairbanks.


The current RFP does not specify a single manufacturer, but rather refers to performance specifications and identifies several possible LED fixtures. Phase I utilized LED streetlights manufactured by BetaLED/Cree of Sturtevant, Wisconsin. According to the current bid document, responders are requested to submit bids for LED fixtures manufactured by Acuity Brands Lighting, GE Lighting Solutions, Lighting Science Group, and Philips Lighting, or approved equivalents. The targeted project completion date is July 31, 2013.


Completed bids must be submitted by July 10, 2012 to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Technical questions or requests for clarification may be emailed to Guangyan Griffin, P.E. at guan.

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