Albufeira invests 675 euros to save energy and reduce ecological footprint

2.500 public lighting fixtures will be replaced

The Municipality of Albufeira will invest more than 650 euros in increasing Energy Efficiency in the municipality's public lighting network.

The award contract is already being signed and is intended for the replacement of 2.500 public lighting luminaires with obsolete technology, with new ones using LED technology, on Avenida dos Descobrimentos.

This is an investment of 674.960,30 euros, but it is estimated that the simple return on average capital, through savings in the electricity bill, will materialize after five years.

The work is part of the comprehensive replacement plan for all lighting fixtures in the city. The intervention zone foreseen in this project is the old zone, from Rossio to Praia dos Aveiros, and the main access roads to the city.

In addition to energy efficiency, the quality of lighting, recognition of objects and people at night will benefit, thus improving public safety at night.

So far, 955 LED luminaires have been installed, 400 paid for by the municipality and 555 installed by EDP at the request of the municipality.

“We plan to shortly replace all the luminaires in the urban center of Albufeira. After this public tender, we will carry out two or three more to replace a total of 6200 luminaires, from the Marina to Balaia, Alto dos Caliços and Montechoro”, said the Mayor.

According to José Carlos Rolo, “it is an investment for the future, which allows a simple return on capital in four years”.

A year, the 3555 LED luminaires save around 167 thousand euros and, according to the mayor, “in addition to visibly reducing costs, we are contributing to the reduction of electricity consumption and consequently the ecological footprint”.

Thus, 15,2 percent of public lighting in the municipality will use LED lamps. The municipality intends to “extend this measure to the other parishes, in a partnership with EDP Distribuição, in which the Council will finance the process in urban centers and EDP will deal essentially with rural areas”.