ATLANTA, June 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power and the City of Atlanta today announced that the company will be increasing the city's streetlight footprint by 10,000 lights and upgrading other lighting, with a focus on areas with high rates of traffic accidents and crime.
"Through this partnership with the City of Atlanta, Georgia Power is dedicated to providing energy efficient solutions to improve visibility and safety in our communities," said Bentina Terry, senior vice president of Region External Affairs & Community Engagement at Georgia Power. "As a committed partner, we are working to help implement solutions that benefit both our citizens and our city."
Increased, high quality outdoor lighting has many benefits, including improved safety and security. With the addition of energy efficient LED lights and conversion of a number of older lights, the City of Atlanta is also expected to see a 60% reduction in their energy usage and to lower its annual carbon footprint by approximately 2,000 tons.
The "One Atlanta – Light Up the Night" initiative follows a six-month streetlight inventory and assessment conducted by the City of Atlanta's Department of Transportation (ATL DOT) and a team of industrial engineering students from Georgia Tech earlier this year. As part of the inventory, the team has evaluated the City's existing streetlight footprint and identified where additional streetlights are most needed based on crime rates, crash rates and existing lighting coverage.
"The City of Atlanta is proud to partner with Georgia Power to invest in streetlights to help keep our communities safe," said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. "We anticipate that this significant lighting investment will help reduce crime and accidents."
Georgia Power works with government, business and residential customers to provide efficient outdoor and roadway lighting solutions across the state. The company is considered a global leader in implementing LED technology that provides energy efficient quality, reliability and value, while also enhancing safety and security for the customer.
About Georgia Power Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the Company's promise to 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the Company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the Company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).
About ATL DOT The Atlanta Department of Transportation serves as both, the coordinating agency for all transportation matters within the city government, and as the single point of contact for citizens and external agencies. ATLDOT's goal is to provide a safer, more equitable, and more sustainable transportation network throughout the city. For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta.