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CUC to implement streetlight efficiency project on Tinian, Rota

PHASE 1 of the CNMI Streetlight Efficiency Project will be implemented on Rota and Tinian, Commonwealth Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

The project aims to transform the islands’ roadway lighting system by replacing high powered and inefficient high-pressure sodium streetlights with LED streetlights.

Camacho said CUC was awarded $847,737 in 2018 by the U.S. Department of the Interior-Office of Insular Affairs to implement energy- and cost-saving measures involving the CNMI’s roadway lighting system.

He said Tinian will receive 258 LED streetlights while Rota will get 561.

CUC’s power division has estimated that it will need 209 working days to replace the streetlights, he added.

Camacho said the power division will address the streetlight inefficiency issues on Saipan through Phase 2 of its CNMI Streetlight Efficiency Project.

A funding proposal, he said, will be submitted this December to the Interior Department.

CUC board vice chairman Weston Deleon Guerrero asked CUC management to consider solar panels for the streetlights.

Camacho said CUC did consider solar panels to “power up the streetlights,” but “the solar infrastructure is challenging, adding that CUC must also consider the cost of the solar panel battery.

“There’s also the problem with installing the battery on top of the pole which could be a liability to CUC,” Camacho said.

But he said CUC will again revisit the possibility of installing solar infrastructure once the technology improves.