Tacloban carves niche in the history of street lighting in the Philippines

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December 4, 2015

Tacloban carves niche in the history of street lighting in the Philippines

In the wake of the Super Typhoon Yolanda, Tacloban, the premier city in Eastern Visayas, was ravaged and left in disarray. Piles and piles of debris were found where buildings once stood. It was truly a disaster of cataclysmic proportions. The road to recovery of Tacloban is one worth taking notice. Instead of delving into the calamity that struck them, they turned it into an opportunity to improve.

Tacloban began anew and were looking for areas that could be improved. They were able to identify that their street lighting system operations were too costly. The expenses due to the energy consumed were high for the government and they needed to cut costs in order to allocate for more important rehabilitation projects.

Tacloban needed to upgrade their street lighting systems but upgrading the systems would require a lot of upfront cash which Tacloban could not spare the extra expense. Luminance Inc. provided Tacloban a solution for upgrading the systems without any upfront monetary expense for the government. An Energy Service Performance Contract (ESPC) was introduced to Tacloban. Instead of paying upfront for the upgrades, a fixed portion of the energy savings earned from the upgrades was used for the payment.

The City Government of Tacloban entrusted Luminance Inc. with the rehabilitation of their street lights. Luminance Inc. then retrofitted their street lights with LED technology on the major roads which was a first for the Philippines.

The LED retrofitted street lights reduced Tacloban’s energy consumption by as much as 70%, their major roads became more radiant as it eliminated the eerie yellowish gloom of the HPS lights, and it was Tacloban’s first step towards energy efficiency. The shift of thinking in Tacloban could hopefully lead to a change in perspective of other LGUs to follow the government’s effort to conserve energy.