According to research, as much as 40 percent of city energy budgets are spent on street lighting. Also, the average streetlight emits an average of 200 kg of CO2 every year. Energy savings, carbon reduction, lower operating costs and a general push by state and local governments for greener cities are all driving the adoption of advanced control networking technology.
Christophe Orceau, General Manager of Streetlight.Vision, says, “Even though France has one of the lowest electricity prices in Europe, many cities and French streetlight maintenance companies are deploying smart and controlled street lighting solutions. About 30,000 lights have been equipped with Echelon PLC transceivers together with the Echelon energy control network platform in 2010, and we have the opportunity to have nearly 250,000 installed by 2013. Thanks to Echelon’s technology, smart street lighting solutions are easy to deploy and provide energy saving as well as maintenance saving benefits both to cities and to streetlight maintenance companies. With energy savings up to 45 percent on our projects in France, smart streetlights are a perfect fit with PPP, MPE, EMC and ESCO types of contracts.”
Echelon’s senior vice president for commercial markets, Anders Axelsson, adds: “The French cities are leaders in improving energy efficiency and lowering carbon footprint on their street lighting networks, while improving safety in the streets. We understand that in addition to helping provide these benefits, a key driver behind the adoption of Echelon based solutions is that it is the only open, multi-supplier solution on the market. This means that cities can select from among dozens of manufacturers of light controllers and not be bound to a single manufacturer, which is the case with proprietary systems.”