The government of Saint Lucia, through the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, is the recipient of funding that has been used to procure 300 Light Emitting Diodes (LED) tube lights under the OAS Caribbean Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP).
The lights will be used to retrofit the building which currently houses the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport. This building was chosen as it had earlier benefited from an energy audit under the CSEP.
The official handover of the lamps takes place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday , May 29 2013, at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport. This initiative represents a kick-start in government’s plan to make the public sector more energy efficient and reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020.
Together with government’s recently executed pilot LED street lighting project on Jeremie Street, and the John Compton Highway, this will lay the ground for further expansion of LED lighting throughout the public sector.
LED lights are semi-conductor devices that convert electrical energy to visible light at higher luminous efficiency while consuming less power than both incandescent and fluorescent lights. Typical life expectancy for an LED light is 25,000 to 100,000 hours compared to 2,000 hours, typical for incandescent light bulbs, and 8,000 hours for fluorescent lights. Although LED lights still cost more than the other options, this is balanced by the fact that payback from investment in LED lighting is usually less than two years.
Saint Lucia recently joined the global UNEP and GEF-spearheaded en.lighten initiative, which was established to accelerate global market transformation to environmentally sustainable lighting technologies by developing a coordinated global strategy and providing technical support for the phase-out of inefficient lighting.
Under en.lighten, Saint Lucia hopes to secure assistance in developing an effective policy framework for energy efficient lighting which will include minimum energy performance standards for public buildings. This will also assist with quality and continuity issues in the conversion to efficient lighting.
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