Municipalities demand more money for conversion to LED street lighting

In Germany there are about 9 million street lamps – and most of them are still veritable power guzzlers.

According to the dpa the German association of municipalities and communes (DStGB) is therefore demanding more money from the federal and state governments for conversion to energy-saving LED technology, saying that after all the investment often pays off after as little as 6 to 8 years.

A survey by the consulting company PwC reaches a similar conclusion: within 4 years the proportion of LED luminaires in communes has multiplied tenfold, standing at 11% in 2014.

At the same time energy costs have fallen by 12%. At an assumed electricity price of 25 cents per kilowatt hour this would therefore represent about EUR 90 m per year.

According to the survey the potential is by no means exhausted, although whether the conversion pays off is strongly dependent in each case on the age of the existing street lamps.