Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to replace streetlights in the state with Smart LED lighting, as part of the Streetlight Retrofit Project and in furtherance of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.
Olalere Odusote, Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, revealed this in a statement on Thursday made available to journalists.
He said that the project is designed to leverage Private Sector Partnerships, to accelerate infrastructure interventions in making the state a 21st Century Economy.
Odusote further disclosed that the state government has concluded arrangements to execute a Streetlight Infrastructure Agreement with LEDCo Limited, for the retrofit of existing conventional High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlight installations across the state to Smart Light Emitting Diode (Smart LED) lights for the Streetlight Retrofit Project.
According to him, one of the features of the LED lighting system is the use of significantly lower energy, to produce the same amount of luminosity, saying it was determined in the pilot phase of the project, that LED lighting resulted in a reduction of up to 60 per cent of the operations and maintenance costs of streetlight infrastructure.
“One of the features of the LED lighting system is the use of significantly lower energy to produce the same amount of luminosity. In the pilot phase of the project, it was determined that LED lighting resulted in a reduction of up to 60% of the operations and maintenance costs of streetlight infrastructure,” Odusote stated.
The commissioner also stated that smart LED streetlight system is one of the enabling technologies for a Smart City, pointing out that the intelligent nature of this street lighting system enables remote management of streetlight assets and ensures enhanced performance management.
He averred that as Lagos evolves to a Smart City, the utilisation of smart and energy-efficient streetlights is vital for improved government service delivery in areas of security of lives and property of Lagosians, as well as a reduction in Co2 emissions from reduced energy consumption of energy-efficient luminaires, while also improving socio-economic activities in the state by enabling a functional 24-hour economy.
Odusote maintained that the Streetlight Retrofit Project, which full implementation is expected to span six months with an estimated project completion timeline of June 2021, underpins the present administration’s commitment to ensure full public lighting coverage across the state.
He stressed that the expected cost savings from the proposed retrofit in the medium to long term will be further utilised for the expansion of streetlight network across the state, towards achieving full lighting coverage for all Class A and B roads as well as designated public spaces.
“Full implementation of the Streetlight Retrofit Project is expected to span six months with an estimated project completion timeline of June 2021. The project will be implemented under the close supervision and management of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, through the Lagos State Electricity Board,” he declared.