Pasco, Franklin PUD receiving grant to replace streetlights

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Department of Commerce announced Wednesday that it has awarded Franklin PUD and Pasco a grant to help replace streetlights in the city.

The utility district and the city will receive more than $250,000 to switch out 1,725 of Pasco's current sodium lights with brighter, whiter, more energy efficient LEDs, or light-emitting diodes.

Commerce says LEDs can last up to 20 years without being replaced. Switching from sodium lights to LEDs is expected to save Pasco more than $100,000 every year.

The Pasco project is one of more than 30 receiving energy efficiency and solar energy grants. The department awarded a total of more than $14 million to local governments, higher education institutions and state agencies.