Scranton, nicknamed the Electric City, will save almost 2.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and more than $125,000 in energy costs per year, thanks to citywide upgrades to public lighting.

The city removed 5,713 high-pressure sodium streetlights and 48 mercury vapor streetlights, replacing them with energy-efficient LED lights.

On July 31, PPL Electric Utilities presented Mayor William Courtright with a check for more than $130,000, representing rebates for the lighting improvements.

Because Scranton owns its streetlights, it was eligible for the rebates.

PPL offers a variety of efficiency rebates and programs to help customers use less energy and save money. Our programs make efficiency upgrades more affordable and easier for customers to manage. More information is available at (for residential customers) and (for businesses and nonprofits).

“We’re pleased to support the city of Scranton in moving toward greater energy efficiency and financial savings,” said John Davis, director-Business Services & Strategy. “We encourage all customers to check out our rebates and other programs, and take advantage of the opportunities.”

Other recent recipients of business or nonprofit energy efficiency rebates include D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. in Pottsville, Sapa Extrusion in Cressona, Millersville University, and the Jim Thorpe Area School District.

Scranton earned the “Electric City” nickname due to its early adoption of electric lights and trolleys.