Electrical artisan, Masibulela Gantza, along with his assistant, Nolan Hammond, will assist with the installation of the LED streetlights across the Kouga region. Pictured with them is (left) Kouga Executive Mayor, Hattingh Bornman.

Illuminating the way

 KOUGA – Kouga’s future is looking bright – all while saving cost and keeping Kouga green.

Kouga Municipality is set to replace 702 high-energy streetlights with modern, low-consumption LED lights at a cost of R 2,5 million thanks to securing grant funding from the Department of Minerals and Energy (DMRE) for Energy Efficiency Demand Side Management (EEDSM).

“Municipalities have the opportunity to apply for this funding to implement projects such as streetlight replacements and to increase the energy efficiency of municipal buildings and assets such as pump stations,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Hattingh Bornman.

Reducing Usage

“This presented us with an excellent chance to reduce the region’s electricity usage.”

The scope of the project encompasses the replacement of various types of traditional streetlights with energy-efficient LED alternatives. For instance, the outdated 125Watt mercury vapor lights are being replaced with 38Watt LED lights, totalling 504 units. Similarly, 250Watt mercury vapor lights are being swapped out for 100Watt LED lights, comprising 149 units. Additionally, the municipality is upgrading 49 units of 1 000Watt mercury vapor lights to 412Watt LED lights.

Kouga received the items earlier this year, and the installation process has commenced. The targeted completion date is set for 30 June 2024.

Technology Transition

“The transition to LED technology offers numerous advantages beyond energy saving,” said Bornman.

“LED lights are renowned for their durability, requiring minimal maintenance compared to conventional streetlights, Moreover, they offer superior efficiency, providing brighter illumination while consuming significantly less energy. This translates into reduced operation costs for the municipality and enhanced visibility for residents.

“Together, through collective efforts and forward-thinking initiatives we can illuminate the path towards a greener, more sustainable future.”

Bornman concluded that the municipality would continue to seek additional funding as part of its commitment to service excellence and reducing carbon emissions to support green energy.

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