A Brighter Salobreña

Thanks to a grant from the Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía, Salobreña has been busy changing street lighting.

As well as all along the Paseo Marítimo and the main street leading down to it, Town Hall maintenance workers have been busily changing standard light bulbs for LED ones below the castle (the flood lighting) and in the Parque de la Fuente II.

The municipal dependency of Lobres has also benefited, (Plaza de la Iglesia) together with La Caleta and even the municipal cemetery. They even got round to installing lampposts at the entrance of Monte de Los Almendros, between the N-340 and the first roundabout where the urbanización actually begins. Also included was Urbanización Alminares just below the Monte.

All this has been carried out with a budget of 720,213.66 euros, of which the municipal coffers coughed up 144,042.73 euros and the EU paid the rest (576,170.93 euros) through its FEDER funding.

A total of 1,239 old-style bulbs or lamps have been discarded (high pressure sodium vapor lamps, metal halide bulbs and mercury vapor lamps) and replaced by the LED ones. Furthermore 23 of the 56 control boxes have been updated to conform with modern regulations.

All this will theoretically reduce electricity consumption down from 160.31KW to just 63.21KW, which translates into a 70% savings on the municipal, street-lighting bill.

Editorial comment: with that percentage of savings on electricity bills the municipal outlay could soon be recovered… if electricity prices had not doubled so far this year.

(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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