Benidorm renews 2,700 points of light in the central area to improve the energy efficiency of its public lighting
Benidorm City Council has launched a project to renew the city's lighting, an action that has allowed, in its first phase, the renewal of 80.14% of the 3,410 existing light points in the Central Zone. The objective of this action is to improve the energy efficiency of the municipality, thanks to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from road lighting, as well as achieve economic savings for the municipal coffers. This is the first step towards the Smart City, with which this type of public service is provided with greater intelligence, to interconnect them with each other to advance towards more sustainable development.
The renovation of the public lighting of the municipality has been carried out by Sociedad Ibérica de Construcciones Eléctricas, S.A. (SICE), and partially financed by the Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy of Spain (IDAE), attached to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, and the European FEDER Funds. The action has been developed in three stages. In the first, the existing lights have been replaced by LED technology lamps; in the second, the equipment has been installed that allows the monitoring of the points of light; In the third, a centralized remote management system has been implemented to monitor the status of the installed equipment and the regulation of the intensity of the light points individually or by groups.
Among the advantages of this project at an environmental level, a 79.94% reduction in electrical energy consumption of the refurbished facility stands out, which will prevent the emission of 723.27 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. Regarding municipal savings, the City Council has gradually reduced its spending in the last decade, however, with this project further progress will be made in this area. In terms of aesthetics, it is possible to regulate lighting levels according to schedules, types of roads and specific needs.
Benidorm City Council has opened an exhibition today to publicize this project to the public. The event was attended by the mayor of the city, Antonio Pérez Pérez, who explained that for the light points that have been renovated, a series of luminaires have been selected that allow them to adapt to the lighting required in each space, adapt to the regulations and maintain the aesthetics that a tourist city like the capital of the Costa Blanca needs.
The remote management system installed allows each installation to be controlled point by point, to individually verify each light. Thanks to this system, the lighting network can be globally supervised, controlled, measured and managed, allowing incidents to be detected, located and resolved more quickly. Remote management enables the possibility of knowing the status of each luminaire in real-time, allowing the detection of any anomaly and reporting the incident on the luminaire to the maintenance services. In addition, the control means that the lighting levels and installed powers can be controlled according to needs or the time of year.
Likewise, the complete project has been divided into three major actions, corresponding to the Center, Levante and Poniente areas of Benidorm. The first action has just finished with 2,733 light points and 54 control centres, which means the renovation of 80.14% of the 3,410 existing light points in this area, and which allows the reduction of the installed power of 441.20 kW to 119.53 kW, with the consequent energy and economic savings, without reducing the lighting levels perceived by the citizen.
In the streets with road traffic, road lights have been installed; In the historic centre of the city, classic lights have been placed to highlight the aesthetics of the area, as well as in parks and more representative areas where the ornamental lights are located. For open spaces such as auditoriums, projectors have been selected. All the models are adapted to the urban environment where they are located and offer the advantages of energy savings, the possibility of variable remote management by time slots and daily, holidays, etc.
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