Estonia to spend €43 million to update street lighting

Street lights being replaced in Pärnu in 2013. (Urmas Luik/Pärnu Postimees)
4/24/2016 7:39 PM
Source: BNS
Category: News

A draft gained approval in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications allocating €43 million to be spent on the renovation of street lighting systems across the country.

“The work doesn’t consist of replacing light bulbs alone,” Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal noted in a press release. “If necessary, the replacement of lamp poles, cables, control systems, and all related issues will be supported as well. Excavation work on roads has also been taken into consideration as well.”

The minister noted that as a result of the updates, local governments would be able to save significant amounts of money and would no longer have to resort to switching off street lights at night in order to cut costs on electricity bills.

As part of the project, at least 22,000 street lighting points will be switched to state-of-the-art LED technology. In a similar, earlier project involving seven towns, the amount of electricity used by street lighting decreased by an average of about 66 percent, of which about half of the increased efficiency was a result of the use of new lighting equipment, and the other half a result of the implementation of smart street light controls.

Michal added that increasing the efficiency of electricity consumption would allow for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions as well.

The planned updates are to be financed using money from the European Cohesion Fund; external funding will cover up to 80 percent of the total project cost.

The maximum amount of money to be disbursed to any one individual project is €3 million.

Editor: Aili Sarapik

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