Pilot project: Energy efficiency cooperatives – street lighting

During the pilot project dena is supporting three model local communities, which, together with existing energy cooperatives, are implementing projects for the modernisation of street lighting.

In order to achieve the Federal Government’s energy and climate protection targets, energy efficiency must be increased. When it comes to local street lighting, the great energy-saving potential has not yet been exploited, although conversion to LED is very economical and the investment will pay for itself within a period of five to ten years. Public street lighting accounts for up to 40 per cent of local communities’ electricity consumption. Conversion to LED lighting can in some cases reduce consumption by more than 80 per cent. However, local communities often lack the funds and staff necessary for the modernisation of their street lighting. So there is a need here for new operational and funding plans.

In the pilot project, ‘Energy efficiency cooperatives – street lighting’, initiated by dena and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, sections of street lighting are to be converted to LED technology in three model local communities in coordination with local energy cooperatives. The energy cooperatives and local communities are being supported by dena

  • in the general analysis of local street lighting,
  • in the development of a legal framework pertaining to allocations and contracts, and also
  • in the development and implementation of modernisation measures.

Through the cooperative model an additional option for the financing and operation of projects aimed at modernising local street lighting is to be developed and trialled. The experiences gained from the project will be collated and processed by dena, and communicated to target groups in order to motivate other energy cooperatives and local communities around the country to work together.

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