More than half of country’s municipalities are keen to modernize street lighting, hoping for EUR 23.6 m of EU investment

Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LVPA) has ended a call to submit applications for funding from EU investment project Modernization of Street Lighting. For a first such call by LVPA there were 37 applications for total amount of EUR 23.6 m, while EU financing is of the amount of EUR 12 m.

LVPA received applications from all regions of the country, Vilnius and Klaipėda regions being the most active with 7 applications each, followed by Kaunas (5 applications) and Panevėžys (4 applications) regions.

“After the deadline for submissions we see, that there was a sufficient interest in project by Ministry of Energy to finance replacement of street lighting systems in cities, towns and villages. LVPA’s main task now is to evaluate the validity of applications and afterwards cooperate with municipalities helping them to implement projects and make sure lighting quality is good and national energy saving goals are met”, - says Aurimas Pautienius-Želvys LVPA director.

Summing up all applications received, total value of applications is EUR 51,6 m.

„The planned budget of the call is EUR 12 m, while applicants expect EUR 23,6 m from EU. The largest funding request comes from Panevėžys  municipality – EUR 2 m, while smallest – EUR 200 thousand – is asked by Biržai district municipality“, – comments Kristina Dėjė, head of unit of public investment projects, in charge of this project.

According to her, innovative solutions of effective and clear production and energy use will be implemented with some street lighting modernization projects, for example remote solar plants.

Project Street Lighting  Modernization aims at reduction of energy use in streets lighting, helping to deal with challengesof climate change.  It is one of Lithuania’s priorities in achieving its commitment to reduce by 9% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Better street lighting will also contribute to incleased safety in the streets. Another positive externality of the project would be reduces energy bills.

Municipal adminstrations and municipal companies in charge of  building and operating street lighting networks could apply.

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