Albuquerque Announces 15-Year Lighting Master Plan

The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s 15-year “lighting master plan” – EnvisionABQ – will involve converting over 20,000 streetlights to LED, implementing an Internet of Things (IoT) architecture, and deploying a central management system in the city. The city is partnering with Citelum Group EDF, who will invest $22 million to upgrade all city-owned lights within one year, maintain the upgraded system for 14 years, and guarantee cost savings for energy and maintenance over the term of the contract. The new monitoring and management technologies will allow for faster repair times and exact location targeting, thus eliminating time spent searching for non-operational streetlights. A 58% energy conservation has been guaranteed and a reduction of light pollution, and the improved lighting performance is expected to enhance the visibility and even coverage of surveillance video captured by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Real Time Crime Center (RTCC).

“EnvisionABQ is the result of Mayor Berry’s vision for the future, as well as a tremendous collaborative work effort between the city’s and Citelum’s teams to engineer a custom lighting master plan and implement an innovative performance-based contract for the next fifteen years,” added Pierre Devilliers, US general manager, Citelum. “We are very proud to provide our expertise to ensure that Albuquerque receives the full benefits of an optimized lighting performance correlated to significant carbon footprint and energy consumption reduction, as well as smart city services.”

The expected energy and maintenance savings will be put towards the implementation of a smart city architecture for Albuquerque, based on Cisco’s Kinetic for Cities. This network of street level sensors and analytics provides a horizontal, data aggregation platform tailored specifically to the needs and challenges of the city.

“Great cities are built on great communities and this project is going to make Albuquerque’s communities brighter and safer,” said Mayor Richard Berry.