As a charter city of the Department of Energy’s High Performance Outdoor Lighting Accelerator program, the Detroit Public Lighting Authority (PLA) announced its plans to transition to energy-efficient LED technology yesterday, after celebrating the already completed pilot installation of 2,000 Cree® XSP Series Area Luminaires.

Facing nearly one-third of its street lights rendered broken, Detroit is in need of a long-term, energy-saving lighting solution that can help drive the City’s plans for rebuilding a thriving, vibrant community. As part of the program, Cree is working with PLA to install another 5,000 XSP Series Area Luminaires, and also working with the Detroit Area Pre College Education Program (DAPCEP) to support educational training programs in Detroit schools to equip students with knowledge of LED lighting manufacturing and design principles, helping prepare them for career opportunities of the future.

The entire programis expected to help reduce energy usage by 60 percent over Detroit’s existing streetlights, while increasing the quality of light, and more importantly, unlocking the potential for significantly reduced maintenance costs – solving Detroit’s existing lighting problems.