FREDERICTON - The first phase of a project to replace conventional municipal street lights in New Brunswick with light-emitting diode fixtures is going to finish ahead of schedule.
Thousands of street lights are being replaced under the program, with the first phase on track to finish a month ahead of schedule in September.
So far the new bulbs have been installed in Riverview, Miramichi, Grand Falls and Fredericton, with installations fully completed in Dieppe, St. Stephen, St. George, Saint Andrews and Shediac.
By the end of September, NB Power says the switch to the new lights will start in Kedgwick to Charlo, and Grand Manan to Campobello Island, and in Moncton.
By the end of the year, NB Power expects about 22,000 LEDs to have been installed.
The Crown energy corporation estimates the new lights will allow the province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 324,000 tonnes during the next 20 years.
The replacement program is scheduled to continue over the next five years and is aiming to replace about 72,000 of the more energy-efficient lights across the province.