The street lighting system in Druskininkai Municipality and its elderships will be thoroughly modernised – the first works have already started in Druskininkai.

According to Ričardas Malinauskas, Mayor of Druskininkai Municipality, this project is highly significant for the town. ‘The first stage of street lighting modernisation has already started in Druskininkai, during which energy inefficient, uneconomical sodium and mercury lamps will be replaced with LED luminaires throughout the town. The lighting around Druskonis Lake, on the cycle paths towards the Snow Arena and near the UNO Adventure Park will also be renewed. In total, we will replace almost 1,800 old luminaires’, says the mayor.

According to the specialists’ estimates, replacing the worn-out street lighting equipment (luminaires, supports, control boxes) in Druskininkai with new ones will reduce environmental pollution and energy consumption by about 40%. The new luminaires will save up to 500,000 kW/h of electricity per year, and it is scheduled to complete lighting renovation in the town in September. The total value of the project is more than EUR 700,000. According to the agreement with the Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LBSA), half of the project financing – EUR 333,533.66 – will come from the EU Structural Funds, while Druskininkai Municipality will contribute EUR 383,000 to the project. 

Street lighting in the districts will be modernised during the second phase of the project. The value of this project is almost EUR 500,000, of which EUR 232,700 is from Druskininkai Municipality and the rest – EUR 232,741.43 – from EU Structural Funds.
‘Taking into account the huge interest and investment needs of the country’s municipalities and the companies they manage, which are involved in the operation and construction of street lighting networks, the Lithuanian Business Support Agency has launched several calls for proposals for the measure ‘Modernisation of Street Lighting’ (Gatvių apšvietimo modernizavimas). High-quality street lighting solves many problems for the inhabitants of cities and towns and their well-being. These include traffic safety, crime prevention and more liveable and comfortable neighbourhoods. We are currently managing forty-seven street lighting modernisation projects and we are pleased that 114,122 luminaires that have been renovated in the country will provide brighter and more efficient light’, says Agnė Vaitkūnienė, Acting Director of the LBSA.

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