Tirupati becomes first city in India to join the Cree LED City(R) program

July 20, 2010
Date Announced: 20 Jul 2010 Tirupati, India - Cree Inc. (CREE), a market leader in LED lighting, announces that Tirupati Municipal Corporation in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India has joined the Cree LED City(R) initiative, an international program that promotes the deployment of energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting. Tirupati converted more than 140 street lights to LED fixtures in order to better light two of the city's busiest roads. Tirupati is home to the Venkateswara Swamy temple, which hosts between 50,000 and 100,000 pilgrims each day. As one of India's important pilgrimage centers and a major economical and education hub in the southern region of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati selected LED lighting to address escalating infrastructure costs. Avni Energy Solution Pvt. Ltd, a Tirupati-based company, supplied and installed energy-efficient LED street lights along the city's main thoroughfares. "Devendra Talkies and Tilak represent two of our city's most highly trafficked roads, making proper illumination is essential," said P. Mohan Reddy, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Tirupati. "With thousands of people enjoying our city each day, LED lighting provided a way to reduce costs associated with the energy use and maintenance of illuminated roadways." Avni Energy Solutions installed 72 Watt LED street lights, featuring Cree XLamp(R) LEDs, and estimates energy savings of more than 70 percent compared to traditional sodium vapor street lighting. Tirupati Municipal Corporation estimates a monthly savings of 6,187 units of electricity, which is equivalent to 288,000 Indian Rupee a year or 6,500 USD annually. "We welcome Tirupati as the first city in India to join the LED City program," said Deb Lovig, Cree LED programs manager. "We applaud Commissioner Reddy and his community for its commitment to achieving significant energy savings, especially given the growing global need to conserve energy." About LED City The LED City is an expanding community of government and industry parties working to evaluate, deploy and promote LED lighting technology across the full range of municipal infrastructure to: -- Save energy -- Protect the environment -- Reduce maintenance costs -- Provide better light quality for improved visibility and safety. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 22 percent of electricity used in the U.S. powers lighting. In a world with soaring energy prices based on the availability and control of fossil fuels, and with growing concern about sustainability of the environment, a revolution in lighting is long overdue. Participants include Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham, N.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Austin, and Fairview Texas; Anchorage, and Valdez, Ala.; Tianjian and Huizhou, China; Torraca and Apecchio, Italy; Toronto and Welland, Ontario; Indian Wells, Calif.; Gwangju, South Korea; Danville, Va.; Boston, Mass.; and Bremen, Germany. About Tirupati The City of Tirupati, population 250,821, is located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India at the foothills of Eastern Ghats. Tirupati is a major economical and educational hub in the southern region of the state. The city is famous for the Venkateswara Swamy temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, which is located about 10 km north west of Tirupati in the hallowed Tirumala hills. One of the most important pilgrimage centers in India, the temple draws millions of pilgrims and is one of the busiest pilgrimage centers in the world. Tirupati has several additional temples and is famous for its red wooden toys, copper and brass idols. For additional information, visit http://tirupaticorporation.com/About Cree Cree is leading the LED lighting revolution and setting the stage to obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting. Cree is a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting, and semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications. To learn more about the LED Lighting Revolution, please visit www.creeledrevolution.com.

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