Since 2008, San José has been replacing its outdated streetlights with brighter, whiter, energy-efficient LED lights with “smart” controller units. To date, approximately 23,000 lights have been changed to LEDs, with 40,000 units remaining to be converted.
Converting these lights and controller units is estimated to cost approximately $32 million. Given the other pressing infrastructure needs the City has, the City Council directed staff to turn this funding challenge into an opportunity for creative solutions.
On August 3, 2015, San José released the Innovative LED Streetlight RFP.
The goal of the RFP was to solicit private sector concepts for converting the remaining 40,000 streetlights to LED with little or no City cost. Respondents were invited to submit proposals to use valuable City assets in exchange for converting the streetlights.
Potential assets RFP respondents could propose to use included:
The City did not limit responses to any particular type of partnership (i.e. telecommunications, naming rights, etc.). However, the City was not simply seeking a financing mechanism to convert the remaining streetlights.
Proposers had two options for their responses:
The proposal responses are currently under review. Updates to the City Council were issued via Information Memo on the following dates:
Read the RFP document to learn more about this opportunity.