Cyprus is a beautiful island nation on the Mediterranean Sea. Recently, in a bold move to tackle high energy costs, they have decided to shift all their streetlights from conventional sources to LEDs.
According to the English-language newspaper, Cyprus Mail, the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) has signed a contract to replace all the streetlights in Larnaca. The retrofit project of replacing 1,500 traditional lights with LED is expected to be executed by the end of August 2019. The replacement is estimated to save up to 67.56% of the current energy costs. The retrofit project will be funded by a loan approved by the European Investment Bank and the cost will be recovered in less than 2 years, as reported by Cyprus Mail.
The Senior Manager at the EAC, Yiangos Frangoulides indicated that LED lights might replace all conventional streetlights in Cyprus by 2020. Presently, more than two-thirds of municipalities in Cyprus have already shifted to LED lighting. Smart lighting retrofits in Ayia Napa, which is packed with tourists in the holiday season, has allowed the municipal officials to dim or turn off the lights in areas when fewer people are around in the low tourist season, resulting in high energy savings and reduced light pollution.