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12/08/2020

Energy performance and unprecedented funding scheme for public lighting in Tain l’Hermitage

The city of Tain l’Hermitage (in the Drôme department - France) awarded SPIE CityNetworks and Mabboux Electricité the contract for the works to replace all its public lighting, with support from the engineering consultancy firm, EECI. An innovative and sustainable approach resulting from the strong political will of the municipality.

The works began in July 2018 and saw the city replace all of its public lighting and its traffic lights. The aims of the project were to replace the obsolete equipment in order to guarantee safety for users, to make energy savings by using LED technology, and, ultimately, to provide the commune’s inhabitants with quality lighting to highlight their environment. In total, 1226 light points were replaced with LEDs. The decision to lease the led equipment, with an option to buy, was a new and innovative funding channel for this type of contract, and Tain l’Hermitage is already reaping the rewards: a 160 kWh decrease in the commune’s energy bill from 2017 to 2018 followed up by achieving its 2019 contractual fixed target of making energy savings of 72%, the equivalent of almost 580 kWh.

For this urban project, SPIE had to consider accessibility and security constraints by coordinating effectively with the town’s municipal services in order to keep the disturbance to inhabitants’ lives to an absolute minimum.

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