Cathaoirleach Cllr Frank Moran welcomes Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Update

Cathaoirleach Cllr Frank Moran welcomes Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Update

Offaly County will complete the upgrading of its public lighting stock to LED in collaboration with Twenty-one Local Authorities under the National Public lighting Energy Efficiency Project (PLEEP). The Project, coordinated by the Roads Management Office (RMO), to retrofit approximately 205,000 public lights across the Local Authorities to LED under three Regional Contracts, is set to reduce CO2 emissions by 20,000 tonnes each year, reduce energy and maintenance costs by 55% while saving the local authorities €12m in energy and maintenance costs annually.

Offaly County Council already upgraded approximately 3,000 of its 8,000 public lights to LED’s. The remaining 5,000 lights will be upgraded under a Regional contract led by Kilkenny County Council to upgrade approximately 73,500 public lights across 9 local authorities, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Tipperary, Westmeath and Wicklow County Councils, as well as Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Frank Moran welcomed the Project “as a major step under Offaly County Councils Climate Adaptation Strategy, along with significantly reducing energy and maintenance costs.”

“The project will also survey and collect data on the condition of the public lighting infrastructure to enable local authorities to plan and invest in the upgrading of the public lighting for our communities into the future.” added Tom Shanahan, Director of Services for Climate Action.

The project is being directly funded by local Authorities with additional financial support from the Governments Climate Action Fund and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.  Technical assistances services have been funded in part by the European Local Assistance Facility, ELENA set up by the European Investment Bank (EIB). 

Details of the Government’s Climate Action Fund can be found here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/de5d3-climate-action-fund/

Details of the Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project for the Eastern Region (PLEEP-ER) can be found here: https://www.kilkennycoco.ie/eng/services/environment/climate-action/pleep/