The Town of Occoquan is currently carrying out a solar streetlight pilot. Over the next month, two solar-powered streetlight models will be installed temporarily on light posts on or near Mill Street. As of January 17th, 2023, both models are installed on the 400 block of Mill Street, starting at the intersection of Ellicott and Mill Streets.
The Town greatly values your feedback on the potential lighting options and invites you to take the short survey below.
The results of the pilot, comprised of analysis by Town staff and feedback from residents and visitors, will help inform the final decision on conversion of the gaslights to a solar option that reduces costs, greens the Town’s infrastructure, and complements the historic character of the Town.
The gaslights have been a fixture of the Town’s Old and Historic Occoquan District for the last 30 years, adding charm and a warm glow to the streets and sidewalks of the Town. The gaslights, however, require constant maintenance to ensure proper functioning of the mantles and the gas powering them poses increasing financial and environmental costs. By switching to solar-powered lights, the Town estimates that it will almost completely eliminate over $15,000 in annual streetlight maintenance and utility costs and reduce its carbon footprint.
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