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Street & Outdoor Lighting: Financing & Financial Analysis

Street & Outdoor Lighting Resources > Financing & Financial Analysis

The resources below offer insights into possible financing avenues and help utilities and municipalities model the return on investment and/or payback periods for outdoor lighting upgrades. Before investing, it is critical to analyze the costs and explore the creative financing solutions available.

Financial Analysis Assistance Developed by the MSSLC, the Retrofit Financial Analysis Tool provides municipalities with a method of analyzing the cost and ROI from LED lighting efficiency projects. 
Volume Purchasing U.S. DOE’s Iowa Municipalities Unite to Save Energy with LED Street Lighting report demonstrates how cost-saving bulk purchase opportunities are not limited to large municipalities and utility territories; Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities controlled product costs through a multi-jurisdictional coordination and volume purchasing program with great success.

Financing Options

U.S. DOE’s MSSLC Financing Options webpage offers rich resources to understand the funding models and options available to municipalities and utilities. Their “Financing Options” webpage discusses options such as self-funding, utility financing for municipally-owned infrastructure, grants/rebates, and third-party financing.