Egypt’s Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy
Egypt’s Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy said on Saturday that the ministry aims to install 1.5 million energy-saving streetlights nationwide, at a cost of EGP 201 million, saving around EGP 1.6 billion during FY 2021/2022 (about $12.8 million and $101.9 million, respectively).
In a statement, Shaarawy indicated that the project focuses on replacing street and road lighting across the country with more energy-saving efficient models.
In the project’s early stages, the ministry has achieved a savings of EGP 9.5 billion (about $605.3 million) by installing 2.7 million energy-saving light bulbs nationwide, Shaarawy said.
The project is being implemented across all governorates by the local development ministry in coordination with the Ministries of Electricity and Finance as well as the Arab Organization for Industrialization.
It comes within the framework of the government's plan for the year 2021/22 to rationalise public spending, especially with the increase in energy consumption, with Sharaawy emphasizing the importance of the project in improving lighting within Egyptian cities, villages and between governorates.
The project also aims to enhance street safety at night, lower electrical bills, and supporting local manufacturers of this type of bulb as well as employ local workers, Sharaawy said.
Moreover, a database of streetlights across the country has been established and is currently being used in maintenance as well as other technical and statistical matters, the minister noted.
The project includes the provision and installation of energy-efficient streetlights with capacities of 100 and 120 watts in all governorates and programmed electronic counters that turn the lighting on and off according to sunrise and sunset times throughout the year, the statement said.