The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

St Lu­cia Elec­tric­ity Ser­vices Limited (LUCELEC) has in­stalled close to two hun­dred and fifty (250) LED street­lights in the city cen­tre in Cas­tries. The new street­lights re­placed high pres­sure sodium (HPS) lamps in a move de­signed to de­crease the amount of en­ergy con­sumed by street light­ing.

The new LED lights are part of a broader plan to even­tu­ally re­place the ap­prox­i­mately 20,000 street­lights cur­rently placed all over Saint Lu­cia. Th­ese are in­stalled and main­tained by LUCELEC but the elec­tric­ity that they con­sume is paid for by the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia. LUCELEC and the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia are dis­cussing the time frame for the re­place­ment, given that the ex­ist­ing lights have not reached the end of their use­ful life and the cost of re­plac­ing the en­tire stock will run into the mil­lions of dol­lars.

The move to­wards the LED lights is in keep­ing with the pro­vi­sions of the na­tional en­ergy pol­icy for im­prov­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions and the use of fos­sil fu­els. LED lights are more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, con­sume less elec­tric­ity, re­quire less main­te­nance and last longer than HPS lamps. Re­plac­ing HPS lamps with LEDs will also as­sist with re­duc­ing Gov­ern­ment ex­pen­di­ture on elec­tric­ity.

The LED lights used in Cas­tries were cho­sen fol­low­ing a LUCELEC pi­lot project where the per­for­mance of six mod­els of LED street­lights from five dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers was as­sessed. LUCELEC Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Manager Vic­tor Em­manuel says this ap­proach was taken to en­sure the best prod­uct for the needs of the coun­try was cho­sen, es­pe­cially given the scale of in­vest­ment to be made.

Ahead of the in­stal­la­tion of the LED lights in Cas­tries, a sim­i­lar un­der­tak­ing was car­ried out in Gros Islet vil­lage where 50 HPS street­lights were re­placed with LED lights. The next phase of this is­land-wide ini­tia­tive will be car­ried out in Vieux Fort.

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