LED Lamps in Maalot-Tarshisha. Photo: Joey Cohen
MoEP Director General Yisrael Dancziger: "We are continuing to reduce pollution and dangers, and to to protect the health of Israeli citizens. This project corrects a market failure: We are helping local authorities that haven’t succeeded in reducing electricity consumption with a project that will significantly lower air pollution, improve the health of citizens, and will free up money currently used for electricity for important issues such as welfare and education."
The lighting project will also include an element of infrastructure upgrades, such that local authorities will be able to replace systems in public buildings that currently result in high pollution emissions. These include cooling systems, energy sources that can be replaced with renewable energies, and more efficient control systems. The project is aimed at supporting less wealthy local authoritiesis with populations of at least 10,000, in national-priority areas.
The first such lighting project in Israel was launched in the northern Israeli city of Maalot-Tarshisha in 2013. 13,000 light fixtures in public institutions and on streets were replaced with LED lights. The MoEP invested NIS 5 million, but most of the project was funded by the municipality itself. The switch to LED lights there is ultimately expected to save the city NIS 3 million annually.