2. buy the streetlights, run ’em on solar energy
Right now, the Village pays approximately $60,000 in rent each year to Central Hudson for streetlights. The Village should buy those streetlights from Central Hudson, While the Village would be responsible for maintenance and repair, the savings in not paying rent should more than make up for it.
Once owned, it should be possible to upgrade or replace the existing lights with solar streetlights, and eventually to replace the big ugly lights we have now with lights more in keeping with the aesthetics of the village.
And it may even be possible to have a combo solar/wind streetlight that also doubles (or triples?) as a Wi-Fi relay:
- Wind, Solar Powered Streetlights Only Need a Charge Once Every Four Days
- Sunlight Powers Streetlights, Wi-Fi Access