An overview of the Relight Washington Program.

The main goal of the Relight Washington Program is to lower city's street light costs by helping cities convert to more energy efficient LED streetlights. A sustainable return on investment study found that cost, energy, and environmental benefits returned more than twice the installation expense over 15 years. A challenge in converting to LED streetlights is the initial capital costs. The TIB would pay the initial capital costs.

Eligible cities include all small towns (population less than 5,000) and urban cities with a total assessed value of less than $2 billion. A full list of currently eligible cities can be found here.

Program Specific Information

In the Puget Sound Energy service area
PSE is a partner in this project and will replace all street lights in their service area beginning in October 2015. Cities with population less than 5,000 are all scheduled for conversion in 2015-2016. Three months before planned conversion, you will get authorization paperwork from TIB to sign and return. Medium-sized cities up to $2 billion assessed value will also be converted in the PSE service area in 2017-2019. PSE and TIB have automated the processes for scheduling, authorization and installation. Cities need to sign paperwork and pass the PSE bill through to TIB for reimbursement. No application or match is required.

In the Avista Utilities service area
Avista Utilities is a partner in this project. Installation has not yet begun and the start date is not yet know. Avista plans to convert all street lights by 2019. Cities in the Avista Utilities service area need to sign paperwork and pass the Avista bill through to TIB for reimbursement. No application or match is required.

Municipally-owned Street Lights
Cities with their own street lights or municipal energy departments can request funding by submitting a proposal to TIB (LINK). This form can be used if your city owns part of the street light system too.

Public Utility District service areas
TIB has no established partnerships with Public Utility Districts at this time. Cities should work with their public utility district to ensure concurrence and confirm that reasonable savings will accrue to the city. The Municipally-owned Street Light form can then be used to request funding.

Other considerations

  • Private street lights, including HOAs are not eligible unless the utility is willing to take them over.
  • If you have service providers outside those listed, contact your TIB engineer.
  • This program is funded by legislative appropriation and all conversions beyond the 2015-2017 biennium is subject to continued funding.
  • TIB street light funding is only available to cities under $2 billion assessed property value, but programs from the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (Energy Service Company agreements) or the Washington State Department of Commerce may be available for other entities.

For more information you can contact your TIB engineer or Vaughn Nelson.