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A power line technician with Manitoba Hydro swaps out a street lamp on Queens Avenue East in Brandon on Wednesday afternoon.

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A power line technician with Manitoba Hydro swaps out a street lamp on Queens Avenue East in Brandon on Wednesday afternoon.

New energy efficient street lights will be installed along Manitoba roadways as another way to conserve electricity.

Stan Struthers, minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro, said the first lights will be installed on Queens Avenue East in Brandon under Hydro’s Power Smart LED Roadway Lighting Conversion Program.

Under the program, Hydro will convert 130,000 High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights province-wide to new energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights over the next seven years.

The target is to save five megawatts (MW) and 35 gigawatt hours (GW.h) of energy - equivalent to the energy consumed by 2,200 average homes in Manitoba in one year.

Hydro says the new LED lights have several benefits over HPS lamps including a much longer life expectancy, significantly lower energy use, better performance in cold weather, and improved quality of light for drivers and pedestrians.

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Updated on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM CDT: Adds photo.

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