Smart Lights for Smart Cities

Funded by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation grant program, the Smart Lights for Smart Cities initiative installed more than 5,700 street lights in 25 metropolitan area communities. The initiative targeted smaller communities with populations less than 35,000.

Many cities and counties in the Kansas City metropolitan area use inefficient mercury and high-pressure sodium street lighting. MARC’s Smart Lights test program showcased different technologies, primarily Light-Emitting Diode (LED) street lighting, and vendors demonstrating the benefits of changing to another lighting system first-hand.

Utilities want to know whether high-efficiency streetlights are a promising long-term technology. Municipalities want to be sure that the energy savings and costs LEDs can provide are sustainable enough to not only compensate for start-up costs, but also that they add value to public safety or the community character.

To help in this effort, MARC gathered feedback through the use of town hall-style meetings in some of the cities using the new lights, and also through our online engagement page Many Voices One Region. 

For more information about the Smart Lights for Smart Cities program, read this Fact Sheet.

Click on the links below to see a map of streetlight locations.

Kansas Partners / Participants

Leavenworth County, Kansas

Wyandotte County, Kansas

Johnson County, Kansas

Missouri Partners / Participants

Cass County, Missouri

Clay County, Missouri

Jackson County, Missouri

Platte County, Missouri


Utilities Partners and Participants:

This material is based on work supported in part by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under Grant Award Number DE-EE0003801 from the EECBG Program made available pursuant to the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).