Old street lighting systems can account for 30-50% of municipalities’ total electricity consumption. Yet, current technologies offer 30-70% energy savings potentials. These savings potentials have been recognised and incorporated into European policies: EU Regulation 245/2009 sets phasing out requirements for nearly 80 % of all currently used lamps types between 2012 and 2017. This means that these lamp types will no longer be available on the market for purchase.
Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) offers municipalities an innovative, but still under-used solution to transition to energy efficient street lighting with guaranteed energy savings, without having to pay for investments upfront. It is a good “learning and testing ground” for EPC due to its lower technical and economic complexity compared to building-related EPC. Furthermore, the recent market introduction of LED technology offers high energy and cost savings with comparatively short pay-back times.
The project “Streetlight-EPC” is creating demand and supply of streetlighting EPC projects in 9 European regions (Upper Austria, Carlow Kilkenny, North-West Croatia, South Bohemia, Northern Poland, South-East Sweden, Podravje region, Macedonia, North/Central Spain) by setting up regional EPC facilitation services (helpdesk) which are providing one-to-one support to both municipalities and SMEs as potential ESCOs.
Resources: be inspired by a GUIDE, CHECKLIST and FAQs in the 9 languages of the partner regions (English, German, Croatian, Czech, Polish, Swedish, Slovenian, Macedonian, Spanish) and check their Regional Facilitation Centres (helpdesks).