Kaohsiung street lights will have a new look. The Kaohsiung Municipal Labor Office stated that there are 230,000 lights in the city, and about 115,000 have been replaced with LED lights. The remaining 120,000 are expected to be issued by the end of August this year. Construction will start in January next year. All settings are completed in one year.
According to the Kaohsiung Municipal Labor Office, the total number of street lamps in Kaohsiung is more than 230,000, and over the past three or four years, it has subsidized 1 billion yuan (NT $, the same below) to replace 110,000 traditional street lamps as energy-saving LED street lamps. In addition to saving about 95 million kilowatt-hours of electricity consumption each year, saving about 130 million yuan in electricity costs, it can also reduce about 50,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
According to the Department of Maintenance, the electricity cost of street lights in Kaohsiung City has been reduced year after year after the continuous replacement of energy-saving LED street lights. Compared with last year and 2014, the electricity bill has been reduced by about 130 million yuan. It can be seen that the replacement of LED lights has a power saving effect.
However, even so, the electricity cost of street lights in Kaohsiung City is still very high. Like last year's electricity cost of street lights was about 320 million yuan, the continuous replacement of energy-saving LED street lights is the first task to save Kaohsiung's financial expenditure.
To this end, the Kaohsiung City government will fully replace the city ’s LED street lights with reference to the spirit of the PFI (Private Finance Initiative, Private Finance Initiative) in the United Kingdom and Japan, combining service performance and payment mechanisms, and shall install LEDs based on the electricity costs saved after implementation. New Taipei City has already promoted street lamp funding. Without public budget increases, electricity consumption will be reduced in an all-round way.
The Kaohsiung City Works Bureau set up a PFI professional promotion team. It is estimated that the plan can be completed by the end of this year. It will take about 1 year to fully replace the LED lamps. In addition to the comprehensive replacement of LED street lights, the Kaohsiung PFI plan will also evaluate the establishment of an intelligent system. It will need to consider the cost of building wired transmission equipment and communication. After the installation, it will have an active notification of lamp failures and dispatch control and maintenance by the control center to reduce the government's maintenance manpower and funding.