Santa Monica Pier to Get New, Energy-Efficient Lights

The Santa Monica Pier which is just a few blocks away from [email protected], 1522 on 6th, [email protected] and other NMS-owned properties in downtown Santa Monica is about to get a major upgrade. In the coming weeks, lights on the pier will be replaced by energy-efficient, LED (light-emitting diode) versions, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press.

More than 1,600 incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs will be replaced, saving 216,000 kilowatt hours per year and $39,466 in energy costs, the paper reports. The upgrade is being funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The news comes on the heels of another notable pier development: Last week, the Santa Monica City Council renewed the lease for Rusty’s Surf Ranch, one of the oldest and most popular establishments on the pier.

The Santa Monica Pier, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2009, draws more than 3 million visitors every year. It is home to Pacific Park, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, the historic carousel, the Twilight Concert Series, restaurants, vendors and other attractions.

For more information on the Santa Monica Pier, go here.