The City of Canandaigua Cuts Energy Costs


The City of Canandaigua sits at the north end of Canandaigua Lake, just 25 miles southeast of Rochester. Originally known as “The Chosen Spot,” the City boasts a historic downtown corridor bustling with locally-owned shops, art galleries, restaurants, and bed and breakfasts. The City partnered with SmartWatt to update their street lights and reduce energy costs – without impacting the City budget.

The Challenge

Canandaigua was paying high utility and maintenance costs for their existing street lights. There were also areas around the downtown business district that were underlit. The City was looking to utilize the street light buy-back program to save energy, reduce utility costs and improve safety for residents and visitors.

The solution

Combing street lighting improvements with additional municipal building improvement measures allowed SmartWatt to offer the City a Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement. As such, all project costs—including the streetlight buy-back costs—were covered by the energy savings. No capital was required.

Cost-saving efficiency upgrades included:

  • LED street light upgrades
  • Boiler replacements
  • Temperature control systems
  • Rooftop HVAC units
  • Building weatherization
The Impact

The City has now reduced their annual electricity consumption by 35% and decreased their annual gas consumption by 20%—all while improving the overall lighting and environment of each facility.

The SmartWatt engineering team completed a Streetscape Proposal that provided increased light levels throughout the City—especially on the sidewalk areas in the business district.

Lastly, the City will see a major reduction in maintenance costs and will see $160,000 per year in utility savings.

  • Annual Energy Savings: $31,157
  • Annual Maintenance Savings: $159,414
  • Carbon Dioxide Reduction: 392 Metric Tons
  • Overall Energy Reduction: 35%

“I also want to thank you and your team for doing an incredible job on every phase of the project. The new poles and light fixtures have transformed Main Street… In addition to massive aesthetic improvements, your team also helped improve the efficiency of several buildings in dire need of upgrades. I know I speak for John, City Council, and the entire City of Canandaigua when I say thank you for everything.”

Rob Richardson
Assistant City Manager for the City of Canandaigua

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