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Port reaps bright payoff with new lights

March 13, 2013 · 6:18 PM
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Bright, blue and energy efficient, too. One of Friday Harbor airport's new LED taxiway lights helps point the way to the terminal. / Contributed photo/Port of Friday Harbor

The Port of Friday Harbor recently received a rebate of $4,720 from OPALCO’s Commercial Lighting Upgrade Program following the installation of LED taxiway signs and lights at the airport.

This lighting replacement was part of the 2012 Taxiway ‘A’ Realignment project. The project included replacement of 34 signs and 186 taxiway edge lights with LED fixtures. The Port estimated it will save 30 percent each year in electrical usage.

The Taxiway project totaled $3.4 million, and the lights and signs totaled roughly $300,000 of that amount. A grant from the Federal Aviation Administration paid for 90 percent of the project. About $90,700 came from the Washington State Department of Transportation, and port kicked in $250,000.

The port intends to replace its runway lights with LED technology in 2014, as part of its goal of reducing the airports operating costs.

 


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