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Kouga-Express
LED lights to brighten Kouga

KOUGA’S future is looking bright.

More than 1 000 streetlights and floodlights across the region have been retrofitted with LED lights.

“The advantage of LED lights is that they are brighter than conventional bulbs but actually use less energy and last longer, which bring with it cost benefits,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks.

He said the programme was rolled out in the 2019/20 financial year after the municipality’s Electrical Services section secured R4 million from the national Department of Energy for Energy Efficiency Demand Side Management (EEDSM).

“Municipalities are able to apply for this funding to roll out projects such as streetlight replacements and to increase the energy efficiency of municipal buildings and assets such as pump stations,” he explained.

“It therefore presented us with an excellent opportunity to decrease the region’s electricity usage, especially during peak periods when Eskom charges a higher tariff, without compromising on quality.

“Reducing energy consumption is also good for the environment and in line with our efforts to keep Kouga green.”

He said the project had included the replacement of 161 1000W floodlights with 400W LEDs while 80 400W floodlights had been replaced with 200W LEDs. A further 860 125W streetlights had been replaced with 37W LEDs.

“The funding also made provision for job creation, which enabled us to employ six youths from the area for a period of three months.”

He said the project had been complemented with an awareness drive to encourage residents to minimise their electricity usage between the peak hours of 17:00 and 19:00 and 06:00 and 09:00.

“I would like to congratulate our Electrical Services team for successfully implementing the project despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

“Going forward, the LED lights will save the municipality money while staff will also have more time to attend to other projects aimed at improving service delivery to communities.”

He said the municipality would be applying for more funding as part of its commitment towards service excellence and cutting down on carbon emissions to help save the planet by supporting green energy.

He said the aim was to roll out the programme to towns within Kouga fed by Eskom, so as to reduce the streetlight bill from Eskom in those areas as well.

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