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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 - Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued on June 21, 2017

As requested in the RFQ, Respondents will provide a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) describing their team and approach to delivering the Project. Responses to the RFQ are due Monday, August 28, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. (Eastern). 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 7/21/2017)