GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — In an effort to replace aging infrastructure that keeps public walkways lit, city crews in Montrose are working diligently to replace old path lights with new solar-powered units. The integration of solar-powered lights for pedestrian walking paths benefits the environment by lowering energy consumption and reducing the city’s operation and maintenance costs.

In the past, city crews replaces only the top portion of path lights with LED light fixtures and bulbs…however, these upgrades still utilized the existing poles that were susceptible to deterioration from the natural elements.

Daniel Payne, Parks and Special Projects Superintendent says, the solar lights also give more flexibility for selecting locations for new lights and eliminating the need to trench for power.

“The lights are you know, they’re less maintenance. They’re more energy efficient which is good for the environment and they save the taxpayers a lot of money in the long run without having to use you know traditional forms of electricity to power the streetlights,” says, public information officer, William Woody.