Pittsburgh’s $16 million streetlight replacement program includes ‘substantial’ job training

The City of Pittsburgh announced a three-pronged, $16 million program Tuesday to replace streetlights, reduce their brightness on the night sky and train workers for union jobs installing and caring for them.

The program, paid partially through American Rescue Plan funds, will replace 35,000 city street lights with LED fixtures that are expected to be 40% to 50% more energy efficient, saving the city as much as $1 million a year in energy costs. The city also will install 15,000 lights in areas that don’t have them now.

The contractor for the program, Duquesne Light holding company The Efficiency Network, is developing and will fund training through the Pittsburgh chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute for construction staging and energy analysis for the project and with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for apprenticeships for seniors at Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education program at Allderdice High School in Squirrel Hill.