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The rise of environmental awareness coupled with the recent economic crisis has accentuated the importance of both energy and economic efficiency in every type of public and private installation and infrastructure. Fortunately, in the case of the lighting sector in general and street lighting in particular, this awareness of the energy problem has brought about a favourable and transcendental moment from a technological standpoint.

Two new lines of technological development have come together at this time: SSL technology (Solid State Lighting), commonly known as LED, which is already a reality in our homes, at work and is starting to gain visibility in our cities’ streets, as well as the extraordinary development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) which has more recently turned the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) into a reality.

These two lines of technological development have converged in the lighting sector into what we call smart lighting, which is not only capable of generating and controlling light in a more appropriate manner, but is also able to interact with other systems that are related or not to the lighting, with the
resultant improvement in the service provided to residents. Read more…

Arturo Rubio Dobón
Business Development Manager ELT’s Smart Systems Division

Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2016

The Catoira Town Council currently has a new model for street lighting management, a pioneering project in Galicia achieving average savings of around 82% on the initial consumption. The implementation of an energy services contract has allowed the Town Hall achieve an annual saving of 719 MWh and 237 t of CO2. Moreover, during the contract’s ten year validity period, to provide a reliable overview of the savings achieved and assess the achievement of the established objectives, the ESCO will undertake the metering and verification of the energy savings obtained.

The Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) model represents a change in how municipalities approach the investments necessary to execute large-scale projects. As of February 2016, only three municipalities in Galicia, out of a total of 314 town councils that comprise this Autonomous Community, had implemented energy services contracts. And this is despite such contracts representing a unique opportunity for administrations that need to invest in order to improve their energy systems and installations: under this contract format, measures can be implemented risk-free with the savings guaranteed by the contract.

The Catoira Town Council, accompanied by the technical assistance of the consultants Energea BC, was able to verify how its previous street lighting management model had become obsolete and awarded the energy services and integrated maintenance contract to SETGA with a guaranteed outcome for every street lighting installation owned by the Town Hall. Read more…

Ana Mª Siqueiro Araujo
Pablo Rodríguez Regueira
Energea BC

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2016

The Palma de Mallorca City Council is undertaking an innovative project to mobilise investment in order to improve its street lighting. In issue no. 25 of FuturENERGY, in November 2015, we set out the benefits of the energy management and maintenance supervision contract being undertaken by Lot 0 for the Palma City Council. This month, via the joint venture Efibalear, the project managers for the reform of the street lighting under Lot 0, Letter Ingenieros reports on current and future results for 2015 and 2016.

This project, “Integrated management of outdoor lighting and improved energy efficiency of public infrastructures” is 50% co-funded by the ERDF 2014-2020 Operational Programme for the Balearic Islands, and is supported by the audit undertaken in 2012; by the ISO 50001 on energy efficient management; by the Palma Financial Aid Programme for Energy Sustainability and Efficiency; by the Smart Office of the Palma City Council; and by a practical web-based management platform.

Thanks to the guiding principles established and the commitment to the specified objectives, the implementing agreement is expected to be signed between the Government of the Balearic Islands and the Palma City Hall to co-finance the project on the new management model for outdoor lighting and improved energy efficiency of the public infrastructure of the Palma City Hall, as part of the ERDF 2014-2020 Operational Programme for the Balearic Islands. Read more…

María Ávila Montoro
Commercial Director, Letter Ingenieros

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2016

The majority of European regions have still not seen significant development of energy performance contracting or EPC. This type of contract can provide a very good solution for the renovation of street lighting, as it offers the best conditions in cases that have high potential for making economic and energy savings. Legal barriers aside, the failure to see wider deployment of EPC street lighting projects can be attributed to the lack of knowledge of and confidence in this type of services on the part of some public institutions, thus impeding the development of this market. Street lighting offers particularly favourable conditions, due its lower economic and technical complexity. Moreover, the introduction into the market of LED technology for public street lighting, offers a high level of energy and economic saving, with relatively short ROI periods. The Streetlight-EPC project aims to promote the offer and demand of this type of projects in nine European countries.

Streetlight-EPC can benefit city halls by providing them with information regarding the best solutions available for street lighting with advanced control LED systems. These include how to perform an analysis of the current situation and the economic savings that can be achieved; legal aspects and elements relating to ESCOs contracts; how to obtain funding from the main financial entities interested; as well as providing references regarding recent experiences in other urban centres.

The project team includes nine organisations that are experts in EPC, nine municipalities throughout Europe and a European network. The project started on 1 April 2014 and will run until 31 March 2017.Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2016

Aware of the importance of reducing energy consumption and of not wasting resources, the public administrations are launching energy efficiency projects in different fields. One such project involves street lighting, one of the costliest items on the budget given that electricity consumption per 1,000 residents is distributed as follows: 70% street lighting, 30% the rest. These consumption ratios are very high which adds to the complex financial situation facing many of Spain’s public administrations, not to mention aspects relating to environmental contamination. In such cases, energy efficiency projects assume a high level of importance and demonstrate their worth.

This is accentuated in the case of the local administrations. The harsh economic crisis that hit Spain has involved a before and an after in the energy efficiency services sector. Until fairly recently, city councils were not particularly worried about their energy consumption however as time went on without taking steps in this regard, this has translated into the mismanagement of municipal funds and increased levels of pollution and GHG emissions into the atmosphere.

Worse still, every month that goes by without taking measures as regards street lighting, for example, a town hall unnecessarily spends €5,500 for every 1,000 luminaires already installed, or €66,000 per year. In environmental terms, this is the same as saying that for every 1,000 luminaires on that are changed for more efficient units, a saving in pollutant emissions would be achieved equivalent to planting 125 football pitches worth of trees. In such a situation the only question that has to be asked is: can we allow this to happen? The answer is an easy one: of course not. Read more…

Miguel Ángel Zamorano Lucena
Director of Operations and Projects at Alisea ESCO
Director of the Gandía ESCO Project

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2016

Today, more than ever, lighting is a key sector for Europe’s economy due to the size of the market which stands at €17bn, employing approximately 150,000 people. The sector is specialising in high added value products that use SSL (Solid State Lighting) technology, innovatively designed luminaires and every type of control associated with the new technologies. Installations are carried out using Smart Lighting thus providing a service to both the economy and to society.

There is one parameter that gives us a clear idea of the lighting sector at global level. This is in the form of the 6 billion light points, meaning that there is no single activity in existence in which illumination is not present and, at the same time, there is no action or situation in the life of a human being that is not accompanied by light.

Illumination is often confused with energy saving. It makes no sense to see lighting solely as energy efficiency as this is to see it exclusively as a means to save electricity costs; certainly it is a step backwards to “switch off” in the 21st Century. Light is an element that increases concentration, at both a professional and recreational level in addition to increasing capacity in terms of cognitive performance and enhancing moods as well as producing visual and emotional biological benefits. We maintain that lighting is a visual function that allows us to identify objects and individuals, working seamlessly to create a sensation of security and orientation. Read more…

Alfredo Berges
Managing Director of ANFALUM, the Spanish Association of Lighting Manufacturers

Article published in: FuturENERGY November 2015

The Rivas Town Hall (Madrid), a member of RECI, the Spanish Smart Cities Network since its creation in June 2012, is firmly committed to progressing the efficiency and sustainability of its municipality through the intensive use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), adopting measures to optimise infrastructures and public services management. Rivas is particularly focused on everything relating to smart street lighting and is already a reference on this subject, not only for other member cities of RECI, but also outside Spain.

Achieving efficiency in the management of municipal offices is one of the municipality’s priority objectives and part of this challenge is the Smart Outdoor Courts project. In structural terms, this project is based on a smar t lighting solution through the end-to-end management of its 7,541 LED technology luminaires. This project demonstrates how ICT and telecommunication structures are an essential component of more efficient management, bringing down consumption from 6.5 GW to 4 GW and reducing CO2 emissions by 990 t/year.

To improve the monitoring and regulation control of the luminaires, a solution based on a Broadband Programmable Logic Controller (B-PLC) control system was chosen that allows the actual power line of the street lighting to be used as a communication system to control and manage the active control units. It additionally allows a broadband telecommunications network to be created on the power grid for other Ethernet applications. Read more…
Carlos Ventura Quilón
Rivas City Council representative on the Technical Committee of RECI, the Spanish Smart Cities Network

Article published in: FuturENERGY November 2015