Tipperary County Council is installing 600 smart LED lights across three sites as part of the Interreg North West Europe Smart-Space project, which involves 12 European partners.
Tipperary County Council in Ireland is piloting smart lighting systems in the three locations of Thurles, Drangan and Clonoulty.
The deployments are part of the Interreg North West Europe Smart-Space project and the council is working with 12 partners throughout Europe.
Public street lighting is accountable for 35 per cent of Tipperary County Council’s energy consumption. Currently, 28 per cent of Tipperary’s total public street lighting is LED.
Over the coming months, 600 smart LED lights will be installed across the three pilot sites. Tipperary County Council has been working with Tipperary Energy Agency and the EU project partners on this smart initiative which will be one of the largest installations of smart lights of any county council in Ireland.
Siona Daly, acting CEO of Tipperary Energy Agency, expects to see annual energy savings of approximately 150,000kWh. “Which is the equivalent electricity required to power 19 homes in a year,” she added.
“Furthermore, if this Smart-Space lighting project proves to be a success in Tipperary, it could impact national policy and decision-making on public lighting which could be invaluable as the National Public Lighting Retrofit Project starts to gain traction.”
Forty per cent of the associated costs are being funded by Tipperary County Council with the remaining 60 per cent being funded by Interreg North West Europe (EU). SSE Airtricity Utility Solutions was awarded the contract following the tender process and has begun installation.
“These smart street lights give Tipperary County Council better control over how we manage our street lights,” said Michael Tierney, executive engineer, Tipperary County Council. “Initially in some areas we will pilot interactive lighting where we will have the technology to dim down lighting where there is no public movement detected and light up an area once the system detects pedestrians or cars approaching.
“In areas like car parks where there is no movement from midnight to 7am, energy use could potentially be reduced by 80 per cent. These lights can notify the council of a fault and give more accurate information on power usage. In other areas such as Liberty Square, Thurles, we plan to pilot a different type of smart light where the light colours can even be changed through an app for special events like St Patrick’s Day.”
The lighting will be monitored after installation and a decision will be made by the council to invest in further smart lighting for the remaining 17,400 street lights in the county.