$309 Million Project will Modernize More Than 75,000 Streetlights, Reduce Energy Use by more than 50 Percent, Improve Equity of Service, and Extend Wi-Fi Coverage in Underserved Neighborhoods


Washington, D.C. and HOUSTON, TX – Washington, D.C.’s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3) today announced the District of Columbia has entered a long-term public private partnership with the Plenary Infrastructure DC (PIDC) consortium to modernize more than 75,000 lights throughout the District.


Considered the nation’s largest urban streetlight modernization project, the $309 million DC Smart Street Lighting Project will convert all the city’s street and alley lights to energy-efficient LED technology with remote monitoring and control capabilities. This modern infrastructure will reduce the lights’ energy usage by more than 50 percent, eliminating 38,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year and extend Wi-Fi coverage in traditionally underserved neighborhoods.


The PIDC team includes:

  • Plenary Americas as the lead developer and equity partner.
  • Kiewit Development Company as an equity partner.
  • Phoenix Infrastructure Group as a DC-based and minority-owned equity partner.
  • ENGIE North America (ENGIE) as the design and construction contractor.
  • EQUANS, an ENGIE company, as the Asset Manager of the infrastructure for the next 15 years.


The PIDC team will use a comprehensive approach to engage local small businesses including those certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) to deliver the project. They are committed to hiring and training a local workforce, and both conversion and operations work will be performed by local subcontractors.


 “With this project, we’re doing so much more than just replacing lights – we’re making our streets safer, our communities more connected, and our city more resilient,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “I’m proud that with the District’s first public-private partnership, years in the making and partly financed through the DC Revenue Bond program, we’re building a stronger, brighter DC.”

For decades, streetlights throughout Washington, D.C., have used a variety of inefficient bulb technologies, including incandescent and high-pressure sodium. The District has also long relied on residents calling 311 to report streetlight outages. Alongside the efficient lighting technologies, the project will install smart city technology components, including a remote monitoring, which will help minimize outage response times, and control system and wireless access points. By delivering extended Wi-Fi coverage, the DC Smart Street Lighting Project will help close the digital divide and advance D.C.’s progress toward its goal of citywide broadband access.


“On behalf of the Plenary Infrastructure DC team, we are honored to be partnering with the District on their first public-private partnership and the first urban P3 DBFM street-lighting project in North America. We look forward to working alongside the District over the next 15 years to provide smart, reliable, energy-efficient streetlights for the communities of Washington, D.C.,” said Brian Budden, President & CEO of Plenary Americas.


The streetlight improvements will also substantially reduce light pollution. Moreover, by minimizing outages citywide, the initiative supports the City’s Vision Zero campaign, which is designed to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety. The project will not involve any changes to light pole placement or to the style of poles and luminaries, many of which reflect a historic design dating back to the 1920s.


“The collaborative partnership with the District and PIDC delivers critical infrastructure while allowing to shape a more sustainable future. Working together we can help ensure the next generation enjoys the benefits of the city in an environment that’s clean and healthy,” said Stefaan Sercu, Managing Director, ENGIE North America. “The DC Smart Street Lighting Project expands the ENGIE footprint within the District along with customers like Howard University and Georgetown University.  We are proud to have a long-lasting presence in this great community.”


“EQUANS is proud to accompany the District in this 15-year journey towards a more energy efficient, digitized, and high performing streetlight network that will positively benefit the environment, the economy and the community” said Bruno Charrade, Managing Director, EQUANS Americas and Australia.


About the Office of Public-Private Partnerships

The District of Columbia’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3) is charged with building collaborations between the private sector and D.C. government to complete major infrastructure projects and other programs through long-term, performance-based procurements commonly referred to as public-private partnerships.


About Plenary Americas

 Plenary Americas has become North America’s leading specialized developer of long-term partnership projects, with a project portfolio of USD$17 billion across both the United States and Canada, including more than 50 projects in the health, transportation, defense, justice, education, energy and government accommodation sectors. With an uncompromising focus on lifecycle performance, Plenary embraces the finance, planning, design, construction, complementary commercial development and asset management operations of our projects. As a result, governments and public sector agencies look to our team to be an innovative and trusted voice in undertaking public infrastructure that meets the genuine needs and aspirations of a community.

We bring infrastructure to life. For more information, please visit www.plenaryamericas.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.


About ENGIE North America

Based in Houston, Texas, ENGIE North America Inc. is a regional hub of ENGIE, a global leader in low-carbon energy and services. ENGIE (ENGI), is listed on the Paris and Brussels Stock Exchanges. Together with our 170,000 employees around the globe, our customers, partners and stakeholders, we are committed to accelerate the transition toward a carbon-neutral world, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally-friendly solutions. Inspired by our purpose (“raison d’être”), we reconcile economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet, building on our key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to our customers.  In North America, ENGIE helps our clients achieve their energy efficiency, reliability, and ultimately, their sustainability goals, as we work together to shape a sustainable future. We accomplish this through: energy efficiency projects, providing energy supply (including renewables and natural gas), and the development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets (wind, solar, storage and more).  For more information on ENGIE North America, please visit our LinkedIn page or Twitter feed, https://www.engie-na.com/ and https://www.engie.com.



EQUANS is the world leader in multi-technical services, with 74,000 employees in 17 countries. EQUANS designs, installs, and provides customized solutions to improve the technical equipment, systems, and processes of its clients and to optimize their use through their energy, industrial and digital transitions. Thanks to a strong territorial footprint relying on historical local brands and excellent technical know-how, EQUANS’ highly qualified experts support territories, cities, and industries in HVAC, Cooling and Fire protection, Facility Management, Digital, Electrical, Mechanical and Robotics, where security and business continuity are critical.


In North America, EQUANS has been offering integrated solutions and services to optimize and guarantee its clients’ long-term returns for more than 30 years in infrastructure projects such as streetlights, airports, high tech industries, office, and government buildings.

EQUANS is a separate entity of ENGIE. https://www.equans.com/


About Phoenix Infrastructure Group Investments

Phoenix Infrastructure Group Investments, LLC is the investment arm of Phoenix Infrastructure Group, LLC (“Phoenix Infrastructure”) the local investment partner and equity holder of PIDC. Phoenix Infrastructure is founded and headquartered in the District of Columbia and one of the few minority-owned infrastructure investors in the United States. With a focus on projects that support and positively impact communities, Phoenix Infrastructure is engaged in projects within the transportation, transit, smart city, and social infrastructure space across the United States, with a current value of projects exceeding $700 million.


About Kiewit Development Company

Kiewit Development Company (KDC) is the development, investment and asset management arm of Kiewit. With offices in Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Toronto, and Vancouver KDC provides in-house development, finance and asset management expertise to deliver projects for its clients and partners. KDC’s North American portfolio includes eight P3 projects, with an aggregate capital cost of $7 billion. KDC and its affiliates have worked on over 30 large P3 project pursuits and has committed over $350 million in equity to P3 projects. With other consortium members on their project pursuits, KDC has raised private project debt in excess of $18 billion.



Media Contacts:

Plenary Americas: Stephanie Williamson, stephanie.williamson@plenarygroup.com, (604) 418-2722

ENGIE North America and EQUANS: Michael Clingan, michael.clingan@external.engie.com, (832) 745-6057

Extensive Public Works Program Expected to Improve City Infrastructure and Save More Than $1.5 Million Per Year in Energy, Water Costs


MILPITAS, CA and HOUSTON, TX – The City of Milpitas announced today that it has begun construction on a comprehensive Smart City energy and water savings program with ENGIE North America, an energy leader accelerating North America’s transition toward a carbon neutral economy. Approved by Milpitas’ City Council, the city will upgrade infrastructure and install energy and water conservation measures that are expected to reduce utility consumption by more than 4.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year which is expected to save more than $1.5 million in energy and water costs per year, for a net lifetime savings of over $30 million.

The extensive program includes over 200 kilowatts of solar; an energy storage and microgrid solution for backup power at the Milpitas Senior Center and Milpitas Community Center; 15,600 advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) water meters with leak detection; 2,185 LED streetlight retrofits; 4,453 streetlight controls upgrades with outage detection; City-wide LED lighting upgrades in parks, sports fields, City buildings, and community facilities; water, wastewater, and stormwater management automation; touchless efficient water fixtures; and electric vehicle charging stations. 

“The goal of the City’s energy and water savings program is to upgrade critical infrastructure with an eye on three major pillars: economic benefits, environmental benefits, and human benefits. Through this program, we will leverage guaranteed energy and water savings to pay for the program and save the City money, while reducing our energy and water usage, improving community safety, and enhancing building comfort and usability,” said Mayor Rich Tran from the City of Milpitas. “The City of Milpitas is proud of our continued commitment to fiscal and environmental stewardship and this comprehensive Smart Cities program will showcase Milpitas as a responsible and innovative community.”

The program is designed to bolster community outreach around sustainability issues and climate action and provides the City with a dedicated AmeriCorps CivicSpark fellow for one year. To fund the project, the city will use State incentives for battery energy storage, resiliency funds from Silicon Valley Clean Energy, AMI funding from Valley Water, water bonds and low-interest lease revenue bonds. The energy and water savings will allow the program to more than pay for itself.

“ENGIE is delivering a comprehensive, customized Smart City solution and helping the City of Milpitas to define its future as a sustainable and resilient place to live,” said Courtney Jenkins, a General Manager and Vice President at ENGIE North America. “ENGIE North America will deliver a sophisticated bundling of energy and water conservation measures expected to reduce utility consumption and advance the City’s climate ambitions.”

Click here for more information on the City’s sustainability plans.


About the City of Milpitas

Located at the southern end of San Francisco Bay, Milpitas is a progressive community that is an integral part of Silicon Valley. A full-service city with water utility, sewer utility, police and fire services, Milpitas celebrates a diverse population of nearly 80,000. Under a Council-Manager form of government, the City Council has established the following seven priority areas of service and policy: public safety, environment, transportation and transit, economic development and job growth, neighborhoods and housing, community wellness and open space, and governance and administration. For more information visit: www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov.


About ENGIE North America

ENGIE North America Inc. offers a range of capabilities in the United States and Canada to help our customers achieve their sustainability goals as we work together to shape a sustainable future. Our comprehensive services include helping run facilities more efficiently and optimize energy and other resource use and costs; clean power generation; energy storage; and retail energy supply that includes renewable, demand response, and on-bill financing options. Nearly 100% of the company’s power generation portfolio is low-carbon or renewable. ENGIE S.A. is a global organization focused on low-carbon energy and services, that relies on its key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to its customers. With 170,000 employees, along with its customers, partners and stakeholders, the group is committed to accelerating the transition to a carbon-neutral world through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally-friendly solutions.

For more information on ENGIE North America, please visit our LinkedIn page or Twitter feed, https://www.engie-na.com/ and https://www.engie.com.


Media Contacts:

City of Milpitas: Charmaine Angelo, cangelo@ci.milpitas.ca.gov, (408) 906 9603

ENGIE North America: Sandrine Deparis, sandrine.deparis@engie.com, (202) 855 3705

New York City and the New York Power Authority are setting out to deploy 22 MW of solar PV and energy storage at public facilities – including at 47 public schools across all five boroughs. ENGIE is proud to be a partner in this ambitious project to provide clean and sustainable energy, helping the City and State achieve clean energy and emission reduction goals


The project, slated to start construction next month, will generate as much as 22 MW of solar power, enough to power 5,600 NYC residences, and reduce nearly 7,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent each year – which equates to removing more than 1,500 cars from the road. Several of these facilities are expected to include energy storage systems that will store energy for use during periods of peak electricity demand. 

April 21, 2017 – Houston, TX – The City of Houston and ENGIE are pleased to announce that ENGIE’s 50 MW SolaireHolman plant is now on line, operational, and capable of providing up to 10.5% of the City’s electricity needs with clean, affordable solar power for the next 20 years under a power purchase agreement. This agreement solidifies the City’s status as the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy in the United States.


Located in Alpine, Texas, SolaireHolman, developed and implemented jointly by ENGIE subsidiaries Solairedirect North America and ENGIE North America, is one of the largest solar installations in the state of Texas. The project includes 203,840 solar panels on 360 acres and will provide electricity for Houston locations as diverse as the Hermann Park Zoo, the Bob Lanier Public Works Building, wastewater treatment plants, and several Bush Intercontinental Airport terminals.

“I want to thank ENGIE and all those who worked on this project for this fabulous Earth Day present,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “As the energy capital of the world, it is important that Houston lead by example and show that investing in solar and renewable energy is a critical tool cities must use to prepare for the future. As the nation’s largest municipal purchaser of green power, we are living proof that large, industrial cities like Houston can have a robust economy but also help fight climate change.”

“We’re very proud to serve the City of Houston, a national innovator and substantial customer by any measure,” said Marc-Alain Behar, Managing Director for Solairedirect North America. “One of the most gratifying parts of our work at ENGIE is aligning with customers to provide the best value we can. Through SolaireHolman, the City of Houston will strengthen its energy portfolio with clean, low-cost solar power for the benefit of all the people who live and work in this vibrant community. What an excellent way to usher in Earth Day 2017.”

The SolaireHolman plant solidifies the City of Houston’s national leadership in renewable energy and growing use of solar energy. For the past two years, the City has ranked #1 in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Top 30 Local Government list of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership. Houston is also #7 on EPA’s overall Top 100 green power users. The City uses nearly one billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which represents more than 89% of its total energy needs.

With its North American headquarters in Houston, ENGIE manages a range of energy businesses in the United States and Canada, including electricity generation and cogeneration, natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution and sales, retail energy sales, and comprehensive services to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimize energy use and expense. Nearly 100 percent of the company’s power generation portfolio produces no carbon emissions or very few. Globally, the company is present in 70 countries and employs 153,090 people, including 1,000 researchers in 11 R&D centers. For more information, please visit www.engie-na.com, @ENGIENorthAm, and www.engie.com.

About Solairedirect
ENGIE holds a 95% stake and 100% voting rights in Solairedirect, a key player in the generation of competitive solar power and present in four continents. Founded in 2006, Solairedirect’s objective is to create added value along the entire production chain, from development, construction and services, to solar power installation investments. As of December 31, 2016, Solairedirect recorded 1.5 GW of solar projects around the world (constructed and under construction).

About Houston
The fourth most populous city in the United States, Houston is home to more than 2 million people, 23 Fortune 500 companies, 500 cultural, visual, and performing arts organizations, 11,000 restaurants, one of the top two U.S. ports for both international waterborne tonnage handled and total cargo tonnage handled, and the largest medical center in the world. Also home to more than 5,000 energy related firms, Houston is considered by many to be the Energy Capital of the world.

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