Date Published : May 1st, 2018 Published By : admin
The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan sets out the Government’s commitment to meet a 20% reduction in energy consumption by 2020. In order to meet this target and lead by example, the Government has challenged the Public Sector to achieve a more ambitious target of a 33% reduction over the same period.
The largest energy user in the Local Authority Sector is now public lighting, and accordingly, investment in the retrofit and replacement of public road lighting assets is essential for supporting the Government in addressing the National Energy Efficiency Plan targets.
The North West Bypasses Energy Saving Lighting Contract is a project funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland to replace and retrofit the existing public lighting on National Road Bypasses in the North West region of the country which will result in significant energy and maintenance savings. It is the first such contract in this region and will act as a pilot and provide significant knowledge and experience for future energy saving public lighting projects.
Under a Section 85 Agreement with the Local Authorities included in the project, Mayo County Council were appointed Lead Authority and Client/Employer for the delivery of this significant project in January 2017.
Mayo County Council have overseen the appointment of Arup as Consultants for the project and Electric Skyline Ltd as the successful contractor.
Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council outlined “ As lead Authority on the project I welcome the progress. This retrofit and replacement project will bring significant energy and maintenance savings on its completion which will assist in aiming to reach the ambitious targets set out for public sector in energy consumption”
The project consists of the upgrading of 1345 lights split across six Local Authority areas involving LED replacement with dimming and re-assessment of lighting levels.
The bypasses involved are as follows:
- N4 Edgeworthstown Bypass
- N4 Longford Bypass
- N5 Longford Bypass
- N4 Dromod Rooskey Bypass
- N4 Curlews Bypass
- N5 Charlestown Bypass
- N5 Ballaghaderreen Bypass
- N5 Swinford Bypass
- N17 Knock to Claremorris Bypass
- N4 Collooney Bypass/Sligo Inner Relief Road
- N15 Bundoran to Ballyshannon
- N15 Donegal Bypass
Paul Dolan, Head of Roads at Mayo County Council confirmed “Following a tender process, Mayo County Council have now appointed Electric Skyline Ltd. from Claremorris as the contractor to undertake this project. Works will be commencing in a number of weeks with site works to be completed by the end of September 2018. An essential part of the project is the verification of the energy savings generated by the LED upgrade and this process will continue until September 2019. Energy savings of up to 60% are to be achieved with this project together with considerable maintenance savings”
The total project cost is €930,000 which is fully funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.