Case Study

Improved public lighting in Bucharest

Luxten Lighting Company is the public operator of the Bucharest public lighting system since 1997. The Company planned to modernize the public lighting systems in Dorobanti area of Bucharest by replacing the existing lighting poles and luminaires with LED efficient bulbs and all associated works.
The company addressed Municipal Financing Facility for Energy Efficiency (MFFEE) and its participating bank for financing of this project.
The MFFEE  team supported the company with analysis of the proposed technology, potential of energy savings and financial-technical parameters of the project.
The €4.9 million investment allowed to reduce the public lighting consumption by 107 MWh per year, which is equal to 38 per cent of the initial situation . In addition, the operation and maintenance costs are reduced by 43 per cent due to higher lifetime of the new equipment.
Among the main advantages of the proposed measures are:
  • Long life cycle of the LED light sources: LED 50,000 operation hours as compared to 18,000 hours of the existing units, leading to much lower operation and maintenance costs;
  • Low energy consumption of LED between 49W÷100W as compared to existing light bulbs of between 81W and 425W, resulting in low energy costs;
  • The quality of light produced and colour rendering mode are much improved compared to conventional sources, leading to public safety improvement;
  • LED bulbs are environmental friendly in production, operation  and recycling.
The municipality could feel the result of the investment immediately thanks to reduced costs for street lighting services. Following the success of this project, Luxten Lighting Company approached MFFEE for financing of street lighting replacement in another part of Bucharest using the same technology.
This way, the EBRD through MFFEE supports sustainable financing and implementation of energy efficiency projects in the municipal sector. Together, the residential, private, and public sectors can make a change in the energy consumption patterns and contribute to environmental protection.
20 Jun 2012