The European project - Streetlight-EPC
Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) offers municipalities an innovative, but still under-used, solution to transition to energy efficient street lighting, without having to pay upfront and with energy savings guarantees.
Old street lighting systems can account for 30-50% of municipalities’ total electricity consumption. Yet, current technologies offer 30-70% energy savings potentials. These savings potentials have been recognised and incorporated into European policy: EU Regulation 245/2009 sets phasing out requirements for nearly 80 % of all currently used lamps types between 2012 and 2017. This means that these lamp types will no longer be available on the market for purchase.
The European project "Streetlight-EPC" is creating demand and supply of street lighting refurbishment with EPC projects in 9 European regions notably by setting up regional EPC facilitation services ("helpdesks") which are providing one-to-one support to both municipalities and SMEs as potential ESCOs.