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Delaware Cities To Use USDA Money for New LED Street Lighting

Delaware’s entire Congressional delegation joined the USDA Friday afternoon to announce a $593,120 USDA loan for 700 new LED street lights throughout Delaware.

Delaware Cities To Use USDA Money for New LED Street Lighting

Delaware’s entire Congressional delegation joined the USDA Friday afternoon in Milford to announce a $593,120 USDA loan for 700 new LED street lights throughout Delaware.

The project will pay for the installation of lights within the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation and will benefit Middletown, Smyrna, Clayton, Dover, Milford, Seaford, and Lewes.

“Every little thing that we do to become more energy efficient has a larger ripple effect,” said Sen. Tom Carper. “Not only are we protecting the environment, but we are also easing budgetary pressures on our municipalities, and that’s a win-win situation.”

The LED lights will burn brighter than the current street lamps and will use less energy to illuminate these seven cities’ streets.  The lights will also last longer than the current lamps.

“Saving energy is a common-sense way to lower energy costs, help the environment, and boost our nation’s energy security,” Senator Chris Coons said. “Energy efficiency is an enormous opportunity that more communities should be taking advantage of. This investment by USDA Rural Development and the facilitation of Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation will help seven Delaware communities reduce their energy consumption and reap some of the benefits modern energy efficiency can offer.”

Congressman John Carney also notes the win-win situation.

“This project is a great example of federal and local partners working together to support jobs, enhance public safety, and protect the environment,” said Congressman Carney.  “Improvements like this shine a light on the many unique and attractive things Delaware towns offer for residents, visitors, and businesses.”

Joining the three Democrats in front of Milford City Hall were representatives from the communities benefiting from the loan program, including Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe who noted that new and innovative thinking will help drive communities like Milford forward.

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