The competition will provide funding to introduce LED outdoor lighting in 10 towns around Germany (see map).
Organized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Association of the German Electrical and Electronic Industry, this competition was supposed to create lighting projects with demonstrative character. The organizers were taken by surprise when the number and quality of proposals exceeded all expectations.
“Municipal authorities have forged strong alliances to make sure the people and the environment will benefit from the new technology,” expressed Thomas Rachel, the parliamentary secretary of state from the federal ministry of education and research. “This emphasizes that the LED, the new light of the 21st century, has found great interest in every day practice.”
The winning towns and districts in the German municipal lighting competition are (in no particular order): Erfurt, Görlitz, Königsfeld, Wuppertal, Trier, Norden, München, Paderborn, Freiburg (Breisgau), and Rietberg.
The achievements and results of this highly competitive support program are expected within the next 18 months.
A large amount of additional information is available in German – see Related Links.