Street lighting has many important functions and assignments in the dynamic life of a contemporary city, e.g. the provision of traffic safety and safety for pedestrians, coping with increasing traffic capacity of the street network, creation of comfort and the aesthetic night picture of the urban area and quality improvements of street lighting. The solution of these tasks has to fulfil the very important requirements of decreasing electricity consumption and maintenance costs, limitation of light pollution, etc. "Classical" street lighting realizations and the "classical" methods for its maintenance have practically exhausted their potential to achieve these requirements. Obviously new means, new organization and financing structures are necessary for further increasing of the street lighting efficiency.
As a result of the previous actions municipalities and street lighting operators/ESCOs will look forward to developing lighting projects with intelligent solutions. Over and above the assistance on the technical part of new installations ESOLi also offers support in financial and contractual issues.
Street lighting systems have a high potential of energy savings and contracting is the possibility to realize this potential. A road map will give an overview and checklists of the different finance possibilities for concrete projects - including contracting in order to create favorable conditions for new installations and is working on the development of several useful supporting documents such as:
- A handbook for innovative financing scheme for street lighting projects (including contracting)
- Test manual for projects with new lighting technology
- Model maintenance plan
- Tendering handbook and tender manual for street lighting.
All the supporting documents will be available for download on the project website.