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Project Profile: Street Light Modernization

Project Profile: Street Light Modernization

Project Background: The District has more than 71,000 lights installed on our streets, alleys and other public spaces. The lights use a variety of inefficient bulb technologies, including incandescent and high-pressure sodium. The District is seeking a private partner to retrofit the lights with more energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, install a remote monitoring and control system, and repair and maintain the facilities under a long-term performance-based contract. An additional opportunity exists to incorporate smart city technologies in the light facilities that provide broadband WiFi, enhanced cell phone services, information kiosks and sensors, among other things. Such technologies could leverage the District’s 100-gigabit fiber network, DC-Net, or utilize privately owned data facilities. 

District Agencies:

  • District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
  • Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)

Status: In Procurement - Evaluating Statements of Qualifications (SOQs)

The District recently held two public meetings to solicit feedback on the streetlight modernization project, which took place on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Capitol View Neighborhood Library and Saturday, February 24, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Mt. Pleasant Public Library. The meetings were held in a town hall style format with information presented by government representatives and an opportunity for residents to have conversations and share their feedback.  Materials from the events are provided below.  In addition to holding additional meetings like this in the future, we encourage residents to sign-up for periodic updates about the project and learn more by emailing us at [email protected].

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued on June 21, 2017.  Respondents provided Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) describing their team and approach to delivering the Project on August 28, 2017. Following the District’s review and evaluation of SOQs, the District will prequalify a number of teams, who will be the only Shortlisted Proposers invited to participate in a subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Final technical and performance specifications are currently under development and will be made available in the RFP.

The District hosted an industry forum to discuss this project on January 24-25, 2017 at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.  It was an opportunity for potential bidders of all sizes and types to learn about the project goals and anticipated procurement process and share their feedback.  Please find additional information from the event in the documents below and stay tuned for updates on the project.


(Last Updated 1/24/2018)