Tartu to update street lighting in Annelinn District ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Street lights in Annelinn.
Street lights in Annelinn. Source: Ahto Sooaru

In a project beginning this summer and scheduled to last through the end of 2021, Annelinn, Tartu's biggest residential district, will receive modern and energy-efficient street lighting as part of a nearly €2 million overhaul of its current system.

Tartu has set its sights on renovating street lighting throughout the city in order to reduce the amount of energy consumed by lighting as well as raise the reliability and quality thereof, Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm (Reform) said according to a city press release.

Slated to be overhauled is street lighting in the area between Sõpruse Avenue and Mõisavahe Street, with reconstruction works to include nearly 1,000 street lights. In the course of the project, existing lights will be replaced with energy-efficient LED lights, and posts and cabling will be replaced as well.

Reconstruction will improve the reliability of street lighting in the entire area, reduce maintenance costs as well as save energy. According to the city, planned energy savings are estimated at 371 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, or nearly half of the current cost in the area.

Work on the street lighting project is expected to begin in June and last through December 2021.

The Annelinn District street lighting reconstruction project is being financed to an extent of 70 percent with resources from the EU's Cohesion Fund. The total cost of the project is nearly €2 million.

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