Energy saving: Significant reduction of public lighting in Paimpol

Energy saving: Significant reduction of public lighting in Paimpol

In Paimpol, public lights will be turned off on weekdays from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., except for the port, which will remain lit for security reasons. © La Presse d’Armor

In Paimpol plan to reduce public lighting which will be implemented.

“Currently, citizens’ awareness of climate change and concerns about Brittany’s ability to support excessive electricity consumption require us to change the way we do things.”

Fanny Chappé, Mayor of Paimpol

The planned changes correspond to both ecological ambitions and economic necessity.

The international context has dramatic implications for local authorities. The draft law will be very difficult, with the risk of territorial blackout and loss of public services.

Jacky Gouault, Deputy for Quality of Life and Environment and Fanny Chappé, Mayor of Paimpol, presented the measures taken to reduce the energy consumption of public lighting.
Jacky Gouault, Deputy for Quality of Life and Environment and Fanny Chappé, Mayor of Paimpol, presented the measures taken to reduce the energy consumption of public lighting. © La Presse d’Armor

3000 light points

The city of Paimpol it has 3000 points of public lightingwhich represents an annual cost of €123,000 “at current energy prices and exploding next year”.

The first axis of the plan is monitoring replacing light bulbs with LEDs (lower energy consumption).

“Some of them are actually more than 25 years old,” points out Jacky Gouault, Environment and Environment Representative.

This represents a budget of €42,000, which will enable 60 lighting systems to be replaced each year.

The Goëlo roundabout, the city of Kérity, rue Bécot and Tool Cross have already been equipped with LEDs. A tour of the harbor must follow.

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At stake, savings of CZK 2,500 per year is planned, as well as a significant reduction in carbon footprint.

Reduced ignition time

Another axis is the shortening of the ignition time.

Currently, the lighting is divided into two zones : the city center and main roads, which are lit all night, and minor roads and residential areas, which are closed between midnight and 6:00 AM.

” In the coming days, all lights in the city will be on from sunset to 10:00 p.m., then off until 6:00 a.m. before lighting up again until dawn,” explains Jacky Gouault.

The expected savings are here €25,000.

Two exceptions

Two exceptions, however: the center of the hyper-city, which will remain lit until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and the harbor tower, which will remain lit all night for security reasons.

» Retention will require reflection a few bright spots along the Quinic Promenade, adds Jacky Gouault. The district meeting in the city center in November will be an opportunity to adapt the decision to the daily life of Paimpolais.

Christmas lights

As it relates Christmas lights, from December 9 to January 3switch-off times will be based on the time of public lighting.

“It is very symbolic because it represents a saving of only €200-300. But it is a message that needs to be conveyed,” emphasizes Fanny Chappé.

In addition, the lighting at the Penvern and La Lande Blanche roundabouts will be removed, representing an annual saving of €6,000.

And security?

Departmental services are considering the installation of photovoltaic lighting in the carpool area.

For those who fear a increase in accidentstwo elected officials respond that where such decisions have been made, “there are no more accidents from the time people are notified.”

Appropriate signage will therefore be introduced and a trial period of several months will allow an evaluation to be developed.

Finally, the new lighting will follow the same trend.

Avenue Gabriel Le Brasfor example, we want lighting that is suitable for safety, but moderate,” explains Jacky Gouault.

“Not too brutal”

Fanny Chappé thus reminds that the reduction of energy consumption was one of her commitments in the campaign to reduce the consumption of municipal buildings by 30%.

This is not a change for the winter: everything will evolve. This will have consequences for people’s daily lives. ”

Despite everything, both elected officials want to be reassured: “People need to understand the urgency of reducing our energy consumption, but it won’t be too brutal. We are going to experiment mainly with public lighting. Awaiting feedback from Paimpolais, to find a solution together thanks to their ideas and constructive comments that they will be able to address to us”.

And Fanny Chappé concludes: “The city is one actor among others. Large and medium-sized stores, traders and citizens in general play their role.

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