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Streetlight Controls Installation Ongoing in the Territory

(Friday, August 31, 2012)

STREETLIGHT CONTROLS INSTALLATION ONGOING IN THE TERRITORY

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority would like to inform customers that WAPA crews are in the process of installing Streetlight Controls (SLCs) on all streetlights in the territory. This system will allow for communication to the streetlights from the Authority’s newly acquired Streetlight Management System. WAPA personnel will now be able to remotely control streetlights and monitor energy use. Technicians will also be alerted when system is needed. This will reduce energy and maintenance costs.

While the St. John installation process is complete, on St. Thomas and St. Croix, there may be some streetlights on during the day, or off at night. The Authority is asking for the community’s patience as WAPA engineers work to resolve day-burning streetlights or any other issues that may arise during the installation. However, WAPA is asking the public to notify the Authority of any day-burners by calling (340)774-1424 in the St. Thomas/St. John District or (340) 773-0150 on St. Croix and providing the pole tag number (silver circular tag on pole the size of a quarter) for streetlights that are on during the day. Customers can also use the outage center on WAPA’s website to report any problems with streetlights.

The Authority is aware there are streetlights in need of repair; line crews are scheduled to address those issues while installing the SLCs. There are approximately 14,000 streetlights throughout the territory.

The funds for this project were made available through a grant in the amount of $1.68 million awarded to Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority through the Virgin Islands Energy Office’s funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). For information on this project and any other WAPA related projects, log on to www.viwapa.vi

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