In an effort to help revitalize the culture and excitement in downtown Albuquerque, new energy-efficient LEDs are now lighting up Central Avenue from 3rd through 5th St.
On the night of Friday, June 6, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the Route-66 crossroads at 4th and Central. Many were in attendance, including representatives from the City of Albuquerque, PNMand the non-profit group DowntownABQ Mainstreet.
The goal of the project was to illuminate downtown with color-changing lights while celebrating the historic Route-66 legacy. The LED lighting designs are part of a group initiative by Downtown ABQ Mainstreet and PNM to bridge the iconic symbolism of our past (historic downtown) with the future and all of its possibilities (like new energy-efficient LED technologies).
It was important to the team that the lights change color to match the other designs that utilize color-changing lights like those along Central and the railroad tracks, along the Big-I, Nob-Hill and more.
“We really wanted the lights to change color for the holidays, too,” said Mary Collins, President of Downtown Albuquerque Mainstreet and Director of Strategic Initiatives within the Marketing and Communications Department of the Public Policy Group at PNM.
PNM provided $122,000 to mainstreet projects across the state of New Mexico to help merge energy-efficiency with preservation, while attempting to revitalize main street areas for increased economic improvements.
“These are actually LEDs, so they’re super cool – pun intended” – Gary Oppedahl, Director of Economic Development for the City of Albuquerque
DowntownABQ Mainstreet hopes that they can raise enough funding to fully complete the LEDs along Central Avenue and extend them from 1st through 8th street before August – just in time forDowntown Summer Fest.
If you would like to learn more about Downtown Albuquerque Mainstreet or become involved with their revitalization initiative, I encourage you to check out their website and get active!
Also, be sure to check out PNMenergyefficiency.com to learn about the ways that PNM is helping to shape New Mexico into a modern energy-efficient economy.