VRSA replaces 1500 luminaires with led technology

Change will save money and the environment

1500 new LED luminaires will be installed by EDP in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António, a commitment to modernizing the public lighting network that will allow «to reduce costs and reduce the municipality's ecological footprint», according to the Vila Realense Chamber.

This intervention will be carried out under the concession contract that EDP Distribuição has with the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António and consists in the «replacement of the old mercury and sodium vapor luminaires in the public lighting network by 1500 LED luminaires».

With this measure, more than 20 percent of the county's public lighting will use LED lamps. This plan will run gradually until the end of the year, in all parishes, and may be extended into the first months of 2020.

The main locations where some of these replacements will take place, at EDP's choice, taking into account the type of lighting currently available, are: Pedra Alva, Nora, Ribeiro do Junco, Beco, Buraco, Monte Fino, Vila Nova de Cacela, Manta Rota , Monte Gordo, Vila Real de santo António, Aldeia Nova, Hortas, Carvoeira and Bornacha.

For Conceição Cabrita, Mayor of VRSA, «the use of LED technology will increase the municipality's efficiency levels and the safety of people and goods, reducing the energy bill and maintenance needs».

In addition, “it will provide better conditions of visual comfort and allow to increase the useful life and durability of lighting systems, with important gains in terms of environmental sustainability”.

It is estimated that, by the end of the year, more than 20% of the existing fleet in mainland Portugal will be made up of LED luminaires, thus contributing to a reduction in the ecological footprint (by 40,3 thousand tons per year) and to a reduction in the electricity consumption (in 80,1 million kWh/year).