Energy saved is energy generated! Following this principle, [nowadays] most of the municipal corporations in India are striving hard to save maximum energy with minimum investments. That said, in a bid to save energy, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)—under the Smart City initiative—plans to replace as many as 80,000 streetlights with LED bulbs.
Why are these LEDs smart? Apart from saving energy, the LEDs can be programmed based on traffic and public movement pattern. For e.g.: If there is little movement (traffic or public), the lights will get dim, and if there is no movement, the light gets dim to as low as 20 per cent of its total luminance. This further helps save more energy. The salient features of this project is energy savings, sensor-based lighting system, centralised control recent, to name a few.
Speaking exclusively to Council, Kunal Kumar, Commissioner, PMC, told that many cities in India have undertaken such projects, but no one can match Pune’s scale. He further added that PMC is expecting to save energy to the tune of 55 per cent, which will further amount to save roughly Rs 1.4 crore per annum.
The smart energy management system will have a SCADA-based command control system that will monitor the functioning of streetlights. Through this command centre, officials will be informed about any malfunction, theft or any operational hazard. At present, PMC has replaced 50,000 streetlights. According to Kumar, the Corporation plans to replace as many as 1.30 lakh street lights in a phased manner.
The entire project will be implemented by Philips Lighting. Says Harsh Chitale, VC & MD, Philips Lighting India Ltd: “PMC will not be paying directly to us, but will be using an energy services company (ESCO) model wherein we will get paid in the form of savings from reduced electricity expenses after installing the LEDs.”