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LED Street Lighting Best Practices

Providing street and public lighting is one of the most expensive responsibilities of a municipality. This report presents lessons from a pilot LED project in Indonesia.

Providing street and public lighting can account for up to 38% of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in some cities. New energy-efficient technologies and design can cut street lighting costs dramatically (up to 60%) and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the same amount. These savings can reduce the need for new generating plants and redeploy scarce capital to delivering energy access to populations in remote areas. The savings also allow municipalities to expand street lighting coverage to additional areas that include low-income and other underserved areas.

Recognizing the opportunity to provide more efficient street lighting in Indonesia, the Pilot LED Project successfully demonstrated significant savings and developed new specifications for LED luminaires that focused on luminaire performance, quality of delivered illumination, and vendor qualifications. The new specifications were localized from international best practices and then used for the procurement and retrofit of 1,439 LEDs in two municipalities in Central Java as well as several power generating and substation facilities in West Java.

With a view toward scaling up the efforts of the Pilot LED Project and supporting larger energy efficiency projects in municipalities throughout Indonesia, this report aims to describe lessons learned during the implementation of the Pilot LED Project, identify possible financing options for future municipal street lighting projects, and offer technical and policy recommendations.