Tallinn turns lights back on ({{commentsTotal}})

The more than 7,000 of Tallinn's street lamps, which were turned off in 2009, have now been turned on again.

“As of February 28, all 7,064 lights, which were on austerity mode, have been switched back on,” Tallinn Deputy Mayor Kalle Klandorf said.

He said the project to replace street lights in the Old Town area with LED lights is also nearing completion with 501 lights already swapped out and 89 more to go. Each light costs 1,418 euros with labor costs, meaning the project is worth nearly 840,000 euros.

The 7,000 lights were switched off as part of austerity measures after the financial meltdown. Straight after the recovery from the economic crisis was on the horizon, electricity rates saw a significant hike, forcing the city to postpone restoring the lights. The measure saved the city an estimated one million euro annually.

The city has 55,000 streetlights and an annual budget of around seven million euros for them.

Editor: J.M. Laats