RCI St. Lucia
posted on May 14, 2015 06:50
St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) has installed close to two hundred and fifty (250) LED streetlights 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 electricity company says the new LED lights are part of a broader plan to eventually replace the approximately 20,000 streetlights currently placed all over 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.
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.