DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Solar street lights are being installed throughout Dublin as an innovative way to save energy and money.
According to city officials, the city of Dublin is the first in the state to have solar street lights approved by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
When the project is completed, the city will have a total of 34 new lights; 24 will be located on South Jefferson and the other 10 on Bellevue Avenue near Dublin City Hall. The LED lamps are all self-contained and cost the city about $11,000 per unit compared to the old lights that cost $7,600 per unit. Officials say in the long run, the city will save more than $500 per month with the new lights.
Mage Solar USA in Dublin provided some of the solar panels for the new project. Dublin Construction, another locally-owned solar powered company, provided concrete for the new project. T. Lake Environmental Design, also in Dublin, assisted in the landscaping. It's a community effort, residents say prove Dublin is green and growing.
"We, as citizens of Dublin are proud to be the first in this new leap in sustainability and the green image," said Josh Hall with T. Lake Environmental Design.
The year-long project is just one of many energy efficient projects the city has in the works.