|Installing LED street lights|
The project will be carried out by KMC in joint collaboration with the Government of India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (WBSEDCL), and the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB), with overall facilitation of The Climate Group. The project cost is equally shared between BEE and KMC.
The Kolkata initiative is part of The Climate Group’s international LightSavers program, which is supported by HSBC, and joins 10 other pilots in world cities including Hong Kong, New York, London, Sydney, Tianjin (China), and Toronto.
Kolkata is not the only Indian city looking to trial LED technology: Thane in Maharashtra is poised to become the site for the next round of pilot tests in the country.
|LED street lights in Kolkata|
Aditi Dass, Programme Manager, Cities and Regions at The Climate Group said: “We are proud to partner with the City of Kolkata on this pioneering outdoor LED pilot test. By participating in this initiative, the City is taking a real step forward to making street-lighting more energy efficient and greener while generating savings for the City and its residents over time.”
Malini Thadani, Head of Group Communications and Corporate Sustainability at HSBC India, said: “We welcome these trials. LED lighting is one of the key technologies that can improve living conditions, create tomorrow’s jobs and cut energy bills and emissions.”
The LED installation began in Kolkata in October 2010 with a first tranche of 20 Philips Lumec RoadStar LED streetlights. A 12-month monitoring phase of project will begin in December to measure product performance, including illuminance, uniformity, color temperature, and energy savings.
|Old-style Kolkata street light|
Information from the pilot will also be used in a new global LED report that will compare results from The Climate Group’s other global pilot trials and assess the potential energy savings and greenhouse-gas reductions in each city.
Over the next few weeks and months, The Climate Group and KMC will host a series of capacity-building workshops on the potential of LED technology for other relevant city corporations, development authorities, electricity-supply corporations, large housing-complex owners and other organizations.