In the frame of Streetlight-EPC, 47 projects were implemented using a variety of EPC models and 16 more with other financing or operational models. In total, 29 million Euro are invested (leverage factor of 27 EU funding compared to sustainable energy investment made). Through these projects, more than 28,000 MWh will be saved annually as well as over 3.5 million Euros for electricity and maintenance costs. 42 of the projects were street lighting refurbishments, 21 related to indoor lighting and/or building refurbishment (e.g. heating systems). Despite the great potential, most European regions have not yet seen a significant development of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) markets. Due to its lower technical and economic complexity than building-related projects, street lighting is a good “learning and testing ground” for EPC.
The project “Streetlight-EPC”, funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, created demand and supply for EPC in 9 European regions by providing regional EPC facilitation services and supporting projects towards implementation. The project had a focus on smaller municipalities.

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.

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 GUIDECHECKLISTFAQsRegional/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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