To leverage the efforts of multiple cities pursuing evaluations of LED street lighting products, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced plans to form a Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium. The consortium will collect, analyze, and share technical information and experiences related to LED street lighting demonstrations.

The consortium will provide a forum for entities with similar backgrounds and needs to share information, ask questions, and tap into a large body of knowledge and experience that will help maximize the value of their dollars spent evaluating LED street lighting.

Membership will be open to municipalities, utilities, and energy-efficiency organizations. DOE expects to launch the consortium in September 2009. To learn more, visit the DOE SSL Web site.