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“STREETLIGHT-EPC” is setting up Regional EPC Facilitation Services (helpdesks) in 9 European regions for municipalities and SMEs as potential ESCOs. The partner regions are implementing energy efficient street lighting refurbishment projects using Energy Performance Contracting (EPC). This will help create knowledge and trust in both EPC and LED technology, since streetlight-related EPC has a lower complexity and payback period than building-related EPC.


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Old street lighting systems can account for 30-50% of municipalities’ total electricity consumption. Yet, current technologies offer 30-70% energy savings potentials. These savings potentials have been recognised and incorporated into European policies: EU Regulation 245/2009 sets phasing out requirements for nearly 80 % of all currently used lamps types between 2012 and 2017. This means that these lamp types will no longer be available on the market for purchase.

Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) offers municipalities an innovative, but still under-used, solution to finance a transition to energy efficient street lighting with energy savings guarantees. Street lighting is a good “learning and testing ground” for EPC due to its lower technical and economic complexity compared to building-related EPC. Furthermore, the recent market introduction of LED technology offers high energy and cost savings with comparatively short pay-back times.

The project “Streetlight-EPC” is creating demand and supply of street lighting EPC projects in 9 European regions by setting up regional EPC facilitation services (“helpdesks”) which are providing one-to-one support to both municipalities and SMEs as potential ESCOs.

This project offers you a variety of opportunities:

  • Webinar recording from the Covenant of Mayors on street lighting with an example of territorial cooperation in Poland presented by a Streetlight-EPC partner & Slovakia.
  • Get support from the Regional EPC Facilitation Services (“helpdesks”)
  • Resources: be inspired by a GUIDE, CHECKLIST, FAQs, Regional/National Funding Sources – in the 9 languages of the partner regions (English, German, Croatian, Czech, Polish, Swedish, Slovenian, Macedonian, Spanish)
  • Webinar recording in Spanish [link here] on examples of streetlight refurbishment using EPC and notably European funding (PDA, ELENA)
  • Partner regions: Upper Austria, Carlow & Kilkenny County, North-West Croatia, South Bohemia, Pomerania, South-East Sweden, Podravje, Macedonia, North/Central Spain
  • Partner cities: Wels, Trhové Sviny, Gdansk, Kalmar, Maribor, Skopje, Santander


European projects and initiatives with objectives linked to streetlight EPC projects


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