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Asheville wants to borrow $3-5 million for LEDs

The city of Asheville wants to borrow between $3 million and $5 million to install high-efficiency street lights, put up solar panels and pay for other measures to cut city government's energy use. The City Council voted 7-0 at a regular Tuesday meeting to move forward with a plan to borrow the money and create a pot of money to fund further energy reductions. City staff has not yet identified exactly what energy-saving measures would be taken, saying they first wanted buy-in from the council. But replacing current street light bulbs with high-efficiency LED, or light emitting diode, bulbs would almost certainly generate the biggest savings, staff said.

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