By 1910, the Light Plant’s revenue totaled $33,326.30, and the Town had 862 street lights covering some 45 miles. Town Meeting voted unanimously in 1910 for a new 300-kilowatt generating unit, while the Light Plant proposed raising voltage from 1,100 to 2,200 volts.


To modernize its operation, the Light Plant sold its two horses and wagons in 1912 and bought an electric truck and roadster. The roadster cost $1,875, while the truck was $1,530 plus $400 for the battery and $150 for lettering. At the end of 1912, there were 957 street lights in Town.
Concord Light Generation Plant circa 1921

Wholesale Offer Rejection

Four years later, voters rejected an offer to buy wholesale electricity from the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Boston – later known as Boston Edison.

Daylight Savings Time

An innovative change occurred in 1918; Daylight Savings Time. Although popular, the change resulted in a drop in the amount of electricity used for lighting, according to the 1918 Town Report.