As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, people are avoiding unlit places, but with the help of the Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LVPA) there are fewer and fewer of them.

The new financial incentive measure ‘Gatvių apšvietimo modernizavimas’ (Modernisation of Street Lighting), which was launched last year, has attracted attention in all regions of Lithuania – 35 municipalities have submitted eligible applications, including 13 municipalities with two applications each. In accordance with the 48 contracts concluded between the LBSA and the municipalities, EUR 27.5 million of EU investment has been allocated for the implementation of the projects to upgrade the street lighting systems.

Strategies and life

The new measure contributes to mitigating the global effects of climate change, increasing energy efficiency at national level, and saving costs for a specific municipality. The measure aims to reduce energy consumption in the street lighting infrastructure, which will lead to cost savings for the municipality, while the upgraded street lighting system will create safer traffic conditions.

According to Aurimas Burinskas, Deputy Director of the Investment Management Service of the LBSA, a measure that helps to transform an outdated, inefficient system into a modern one ultimately has a number of positive effects – it contributes to the implementation of strategic goals and benefits the residents and visitors of a particular area.

‘Due to reduced costs for street lighting, municipalities have saved money that can be diverted to other uses. At the same time, traffic safety is increasing, contributing to crime prevention, and settlements are becoming much more comfortable,’ Burinskas outlines the advantages of the measure ‘Modernisation of Street Lighting’.

According to the requirements of the Description, projects must be designed and implemented in such a way that the final energy consumption is reduced by at least 40% as a result of the modernisation of street lighting. Projects must contribute to the implementation of the National Energy Independence Strategy.

Manual controls are a thing of the past

Most of the municipalities that have received funding under the measure have pointed to their worn-out lighting infrastructure, outdated systems, many of which are manually operated, inefficient and polluting luminaires, and end-of-service life supports that are not adapted to the new luminaires.

This is the case both in cities and district centres, and in settlements far from them. Therefore, for example, 1,505 new luminaires are planned to be installed when modernising the lighting in Pilviškiai, Virbalis and Kybartai in Vilkaviškis district, and 180 modernised luminaires in Kuršėnai, Kužiai and Verbūnai village in Šiauliai district.

Residents of Bukonys, Kulva, Šilai, Upninkai, Užusaliai, Šveicarija and Žeimiai municipalities of Jonava district will benefit from the measure too. In these areas, worn-out infrastructure will be dismantled and removed, new supports will be installed to replace the old ones, cables will be laid and 570 luminaires with LED lamps will be installed.

The municipality of Širvintos district, which is carrying out two projects, will install 982 new street lights on its territory and upgrade the whole system accordingly.

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