Ireland's 31 Local Authorities and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) manage and maintain over 480,000 public lights across the country. These lights consume 210 million kWh of energy annually, which is the equivalent to the total annual energy use of 15,500 domestic homes each year.
The RMO were tasked by the National Public Lighting Steering Group to explore options to reduce energy consumption and upgrade the existing Public Lighting asset to a state of the art public service.
A dedicated Public Lighting Management Team was set up by the RMO to develop the options to achieve the best possible solution for the Local Authorities and TII and in turn a National Project was established.
The Local Authority Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project’s primary aim is to enable Local Authorities reach their statutory energy efficiency target and the Project will also significantly help Local Authorities reach their new 2030 target of 50%
In order to help achieve these targets technical assistance services have been funded in part by the European Local Energy Assistance Facility, ELENA, set up by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 and implemented by the European Investment Bank (EIB)”. Further information can be obtained at: https://www.eib.org/en/products/advising/elena/index.htm
2020 the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)”, established by Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council has also provided funding to this project. Further information on Horizan 2020 #H2020 can be found at: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/background-material