HOWELLS Streetlights converted to LEDs There were some nice, sunny days in December and Josh Siebrandt made sure to take advantage of them. Siebrandt, a Local Superintendent for Loup Power District, had a big project to complete in Howells — replacing 181 high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlight heads with LEDs. Each replacement took about 20 minutes and he completed the project mostly on his own over the course of about four weeks. “I really noticed a lot of weight off the poles,” Siebrandt said. “The new ones are really light.” The lighter weight is just one of the benefits of the new fixtures. One of the biggest draws to LED (light-emitting diode) lights is their efficiency. In the first month following the conversion, Howells’ electricity payment to Loup for the new streetlights was nearly 45 percent less than the previous month. The LED streetlights also require less maintenance. Siebrandt said he replaces at least one HPS light every month. Some months, he’s replaced four that have damaged bulbs, photocells, or starter boards. Ron Ziola, Vice President of Engineering, said the HPS lights lasted about 10,000 hours, or 2.5 years. The manufacturer guarantees the LED lights for 10 years and expects them to last up to 25 years. “It almost eliminates our streetlight maintenance costs,” Ziola said. The conversion came after years of research and planning. About three years ago, the District received LED streetlight samples and installed them near the General Office to analyze how they worked and how the light looked. LED lights were added by Columbus Community Hospital, the new Columbus High School and a subdivision. The District converted existing lights along 33rd Avenue from 38th Street to Lost Creek Parkway. Ziola said after seeing how well the lights worked in these areas, he knew they would work in other areas around the District. A consultant assisted the District in determining how to move forward with the Howells conversion. The company offered insight on the type of LED fixture, proper mounting height, and required lumens for each area of town to ensure the light would be adequate for the roadway. HPS lights have an orange color and the open globe refractor spread the light in all directions. The LED streetlights have a cooler, white light that makes it easier to see true colors. The 4,000K color is similar to daylight or moonlight. The LEDs are directional so they create a more even pool of light across the ground or road. Almost no light goes up, decreasing the amount of light pollution. “A lot of people like the clearness of the light,” Siebrandt said. “They’re a lot brighter.” 12 GENERATOR LED streetlight fixtures are more efficient than traditional High Pressure Sodium lights. They are also much smaller and lighter as demonstrated by Clarkson Local Superintendent Josh Siebrandt. He’s holding a HPS lamp at left and an LED light in the photo above.
Loup delivers more than $1.25 MILLION to area communities Loup Power District officials presented lease payment checks to area communities in February and March. The payments represent 10 percent of the retail revenue generated by the sale of electric power in the communities. Each of these communities owns their electric distribution systems. These payments compensate them for the use of those systems. Communities use the funds for a variety of public projects. — FOURTH QUARTER OF 2017 — Primrose — $3,018.10 St. Edward — $34,280.13 Humphrey — $34,349.62 Cornlea — $2,924.96 Monroe — $19,121.42 Tarnov — $2,232.62 Platte Center — $17,352.11 Petersburg — $18,987.88 Albion — $87,825.38 Cedar Rapids — $27,417.55 Richland — $4,451.29 Belgrade — $6,201.34 Fullerton — $58,293.49 Duncan — $32,853.93 Howells — $34,886.54 Clarkson —$37,054.28 — SECOND HALF OF 2017 — Columbus — $779,003.95 Genoa — $17,912.17 Creston — $5,097.67 Lindsay — $40,159.55 Loup renews community club memberships Loup Power District renewed its membership in Community Clubs and Chambers of Commerce in towns throughout its service area. Checks totaling $28,390 were presented to communities in Boone, Colfax, Nance, Platte, and Madison counties. Payment amounts are based on the 2017 gross revenues inside each community. “Membership renewal demonstrates Loup Power District’s commitment to community involvement in all of our area towns,” said David Bell, Vice President of Development/Marketing for Loup Power District. Albion Chamber of Commerce — $1,490 Cedar Rapids Community Club — $454 Clarkson Commercial Club — $579 Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce — $20,104 Fullerton Chamber of Commerce — $1,014 Genoa Chamber of Commerce — $742 Howells Community Club — $588 Humphrey Community Club — $623 Lindsay Community Club —$1,331 Newman Grove Community Club — $560 Petersburg Community Club — $289 Primrose Community Club — $50 St. Edward Community Club —$566 SPRING 2018 13