Helping Towns Save Energy and Money

Cape Light Compact works with member towns to implement energy efficiency measures in new and existing schools, town offices, police and fire stations, parking areas and other public facilities.  By reducing electricity use the municipal energy efficiency projects generate substantial savings for towns. State of the art energy efficient technology also enhances the comfort and productivity of work spaces in these facilities. Learn more about municipal energy efficiency project case studies below.

Cape Light Compact also recently worked with member towns to convert more than 15,000 municipally owned street lights to light emitting diode (LED) fixtures. This recent LED streetlight installation will save our towns (and taxpayers) more than $800,000 each year, while meeting or exceeding current lighting levels. LED street lights use 70% less energy, and last longer than existing streetlights. Learn more about the LED street light conversion project below.

If you are looking to install energy efficient measures in any of your facilities, Cape Light Compact may be able to cover up to 100% of the cost of recommended cost-effective measures. For more information, call 1 (800) 797-6699.

You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions and Case Studies page for more information.

Green Communities

The Compact provided energy efficiency incentives for the new West Tisbury Library

Cape Light Compact has worked with the following communities helping them to meet energy efficiency criteria needed to be designated as a Green Community in accordance with the Massachusetts Green Communities Act.

  • Aquinnah
  • Brewster
  • Chatham
  • Chilmark
  • Dennis
  • Harwich
  • Mashpee
  • Orleans
  • Provincetown
  • Truro
  • Tisbury
  • Wellfleet
  • West Tisbury
  • Yarmouth

In addition to the benefits and costs savings associated with energy efficiency and renewable energy, Green Communities Act status confers eligibility for certain grant funds. Cape Light Compact provided energy efficiency incentives for municipal facilities, conversion to LED streetlights, and technical assistance.

LED Street Light Conversion Project

Yarmouth Rte 28 West Before-After LEDs

The Compact has completed its work with member towns to convert existing municipally-owned High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights to more efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures. Since the project began in 2013, 17,326 street lights have been audited. Of those, nearly 15,700 were eligible for conversion. To date, 15,588 street lights have been converted, resulting in a 70% reduction in annual energy (kWh) use.

Installation is 100% complete in all communities: Hyannis, Dennis, Harwich, Chilmark, Chatham, Orleans,Brewster, Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown, Mashpee, Cotuit, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Barnstable, Sandwich, West Barnstable, Yarmouth, Falmouth, Bourne, Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills, West Tisbury and Tisbury. A few flood and decorative fixtures are scheduled to be installed in early 2015 in: Brewster, Dennis, Falmouth, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Tisbury and Wellfleet.

Follow the links below for additional information:

Frequently Asked Questions - 1/9/15

Town-by-Town Savings from the LED Street Light Conversion Project - 12/29/14

LED Streetlight Project Wrap-Up Presentation (9-5-2014)

Compact Board - LED Streetlight Project Wrap-up (11/12/14)

If you wish to report an outage please call 1-800-544-4876 (800-LIGHTS-ON) and include the nature of problem, pole #(nn/n), street name, closest house number and cross street.

Provincetown LED Installs - before & after

The following videos provide additional information about the LED Street Light Conversion Project