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Westchester misses rebate on new LED street lights, still on track for discount

WESTCHESTER – The village will miss out on a $5,000 rebate after the Village Board tabled a vote on a contract to install about 500 LED street lights. 

The energy-saving lights are projected to save the village about $60,000 in annual energy and maintenance costs. Hoping to have the lights installed by Oct. 31 to meet the deadline for a full rebate, village staff recommended a $281,179 contract with GNP Energy to be approved at the board's Sept. 24 meeting, Village Manager Janet Matthys said. 

But at the last minute, another contractor, LumQuest, reduced its bid to match GNP's. The bids involve different light fixtures – GNP would retrofit existing fixtures; LumQuest would replace them – and several board members moved to table the vote to allow more time to compare the offers. The differences are subjective and do not affect the actual lights, Matthys said.

Although not budgeted for this fiscal year, the village decided in September to pursue the project to take advantage of a rebate from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, which issues grants to municipalities for energy-saving projects. 

With the board's decision to postpone a vote, the village will miss the deadline for a full rebate but still should make the February deadline for a partial rebate, Matthys said.

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