Spanish cities to install LED street lights

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Spanish city Vitoria will renovate the public lighting in three of its streets by installing 384 LED lights, saving up to €35,000 per year, while the city of Elche will use renewable energy sources to supply municipal buildings and street lights with electricity, becoming a pioneer municipality in the use of clean energies.

This according to an announcement made by Ministry of the Environment Antonio Garcia following the approval of the new low-voltage power supply service with a capacity of over 10 kilowatts. The minister recalled that the company in charge of supplying to the municipality must offer a minimum of 60 percent clean energy and proposed to reward the companies that used 100 percent of renewable energy sources. This way, 9 companies presented their bids and Gas Natural was chosen as the company in charge of supply. Therefore, the company must ensure that the total amount of energy consumed in the municipality comes from renewable sources.

Garcia assured that, with these actions, Elche “takes the lead” in clean energy usage state-wise. The contract period is set for a year and can be extended by another year, and the budget is €2.3 million. The local government (PSPV-PSOE, Compromís, and the Elche Party) is committing to invest in energy efficiency to reduce the energy bill and CO2 emissions, as well as acquiring hybrid vehicles for the local police department.

Vitoria to install 384 LED lights

For his part, Vitoria major Gorka Urtaran (PNV) announced that the street lights contract was awarded to Ekoargui Instalaciones Electricas for €164,329.58 after the company offered a discount by 10.25 percent in the tender budget. “This is a small step that will allow us to be much more efficient in terms of street lighting and respectful of the environment, as CO2 emissions are reduced, as well as reducing the energy bill,” Urtaran said.

The streets were the new light will be installed are Portal de Foronda, Portal de Legutiano, and Beato Tomás de Zumárraga, and the contract contemplates installing four monitoring systems to control the lights. “We continue to work on transforming the public lighting by using this LED technology,” Urtaran stated, while also recalling that the €4.3 million spent in public lighting in 2013 fell to €3.6 million last year. “If this continues, the energy bill will continue to significantly decrease in the coming years, but the main target is to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption,” he added.

 

Article originally posted on EnergiaDiario.

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