Oria will be one of the first municipalities in the province to completely renovate all its lighting points and control panels, both in the main centre and in the neighbourhoods annexed to it, thanks to the Efficiency Plans managed by the Diputación de Almería. This week the awarding of the second project received by the municipality to reduce light pollution, CO2 consumption and promote savings in the municipal electricity bill has been approved.
Both the first and second projects are part of the Energy Efficiency Plans which are 80% financed by the European Union’s FEDER funds (IDAE), with the Almeria Provincial Council contributing 15% and the town councils contributing the remaining 5%.
This will complete the comprehensive renovation of the municipality’s 1,328 lighting points and 21 control centres. If the municipality achieved the replacement of 1,115 light points under the FEDER EELL Plan 2018 and another 15 light points with municipal funds, this action will reach a further 198 light points.
These projects will make it possible to meet the objectives of saving energy, as LED lights require less electrical power; reducing carbon dioxide emissions, thus complying with international regulations such as the Kyoto protocol; and reducing light pollution.
The vice-president and deputy for Development, Ángel Escobar, stressed that “this programme, which we are managing with European Union funds, is key for the future of generations to come. Environmental protection is a maxim on which we must work together, society and institutions. For this, institutional collaboration is key and serves as an indispensable support to our town councils”.
Furthermore, the deputy added that, “these installations improve safety with lighting adapted to the needs of each of the municipalities and considerably reduce the councils’ bills. This means that the councils will have more money in their accounts to invest in their residents, carrying out actions in different areas that improve their quality of life and contribute to the fight against depopulation”.
44 million euros in Energy Efficiency
This latest project is part of the Low Carbon Economy Plan, which is involving 28 million euros and which is in addition to the 32 actions that were promoted in 2018 with 16 million euros.
The aim of this line of the ERDF Operational Programme is to continue modernising the province’s lighting systems with the resulting environmental and economic benefits for each of the municipalities.
ORIA ( IDAE-FEDER 2018 + IDAE FEDER 2020)
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE ACTION The action has consisted of the replacement of 1,313 conventional light points with LED type luminaires with reduced consumption, the installation of 15 control systems in the lighting panels, the improvement of the supports of the luminaires and the adaptation and improvement of 21 control panels and wiring to ensure the correct operation of the whole.
SAVINGS ACHIEVED- Annual electricity consumption – 266,259.99 kWh/year- Reduction in annual electricity cost – 93,756.88 €/year- Reduction in annual CO2 emissions – 56.00% – 14,044.84 KgCO2/year- Reduction in installed power – 36.57% – 7.33 kW