Streetlight-EPC - Guide

Policies and Targets
Economics and Financing
Urban Areas

Street lighting can account for up to 30-50 % of the total electricity consumption of municipalities. The recent market introduction of LED technology for street lighting offers high savings with comparatively short pay-back times.

Municipalities are faced with an urgent need to act: nearly 80 % of all currently used street lighting lamps will be "phased out" by 2017, which means they will no longer be available for purchase. In most cases this will entail substantial investments, thus presenting a major problem for many municipalities.

Here Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) can be a solution: energy efficiency investments are pre-financed and implemented by an energy service company (ESCO). The annual energy and maintenance cost savings then cover the investment and capital costs.

The EU-Project Streetlight-EPC is funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme and was launched in April 2014 with the objective of triggering the market uptake of EPC through street lighting refurbishment projects.

Within this project, guides for municipalities and ESCOs on implementing streetlight EPC projects were prepared. They are available in the respective languages and for the specific contexts of the project regions (Upper Austria, North-West Croatia, South Bohemia/Czech Republic, Pomerania/Poland, Carlow & Kilkenny County/Ireland, South East Sweden, Podravje/Slovenia, Macedonia, North & Central Spain). This document summarises the information from these guides in English.
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