n IMIESA - Energy-efficient LED retrofit : energy

Volume 41, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0257-1978
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  • Source : IMIESA, Volume 41, Issue 7, Jul 2016, p. 55
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)



A high mast floodlight retrofit project has been undertaken in Mdantsane, Dimbaza and Duncan Village - all suburbs in the Buffalo City area of the Eastern Cape. With this project, the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality is leading the way in municipal energy efficiency. A total of 150 high masts with 1 000 W HPS (high-pressure sodium) floodlights were retrofitted with 470 W OMNIstar LED floodlights, resulting in a significant energy saving in excess of 50% per high mast. Because of this, the project qualified for 100% Energy Efficiency Funding by the Department of Energy. The Mdantsane, Dimbaza and Duncan Village suburbs are located within the Buffalo City metro boundary. Mdantsane suburb is historically the second largest township in South Africa run by a single metro. Through this project, local residents not only benefit from their municipality's energy and, therefore, fiscal savings, but also through job creation.

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