HEP ESCO Carrying Out 30.8 Million Kuna of Public Lighting Modernisation

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 24th of April, 2020, in addition to energy and financial savings, HEP ESCO’s modernisation of public lighting will contribute to the protection of the environment by reducing CO2 emissions and light pollution in line with the appropriate EU directive.

The project of the reconstruction of the public lighting in the City of Osijek has started, which will see the replacement of 11,086 old lights with modern lamps with LED light sources. After the reconstruction, electricity consumption for public lighting will be reduced by 7.5 million kilowatt hours per year compared to before, which will enable the return on the investment of 30.8 million kuna within a period of eight years.

This project is being implemented on the basis of the agreement on the implementation of the energy efficiency project on the public lighting of the City of Osijek, concluded by the City of Osijek and HEP ESCO, a member of the HEP Group, back at the end of March 2020, and on the basis of a public procurement procedure, in which HEP ESCO and ELOS from Solin partook and were chosen.

As such, Osijek’s public lighting will be reconstructed within a period of 300 days, and the overall project will include the design, financing, reconstruction and modernisation of the lighting, as well as the elimination of faults or failures, all continuing over a period of eight years. In addition to the replacement of the lights with modern LED lamps, a system for monitoring the management, regulation, measurement and verification of the savings incurred will be implemented, which enables both remote control and monitoring.

“With this project, HEP has also confirmed itself as the leader of Croatia’s low-carbon energy transition, which is based on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency in its production and consumption, as well as with its customers. An important pillar of the implementation of our development strategy is cooperation with local self-government units,” said HEP’s CEO Frane Barbaric, recalling that Osijek is an example of the intensive implementation of HEP’s renewable development, as there are also eight ELEN electric vehicle charging stations in the city, as well as five solar power plants on the rooftops of various office buildings.

In addition, the project of the replacement and modernisation of the hot water pipeline, worth a massive 78 million kuna, will be started, co-financed by European Union funds.

“I would like to emphasise the fact that in the current crisis circumstances, it’s extremely important to continue the realisation of investments in the energy sector, with the aim of development and the stability of the Croatian economy,” concluded Barbaric.

With the implementation of the directive on light pollution protection, which came into force back on April the 1st, 2019, all local government units are obliged to harmonise their existing public lighting with the provisions of the Act within a period of twelve years.

Based on extensive experience with public lighting modernisation projects implemented across ten cities from 2005 to 2011 according to the ESCO model, HEP ESCO has adapted to new regulatory and market circumstances.

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