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At the beginning of the 21st century

the interest in improving the lives of citizens in the large capitals was added to the willingness to do it sustainably.

Towards the end of the first decade of the 2000s, many Spanish municipalities saw the need to renew some services municipal services such as lighting, but also to reduce pollution and optimize energy and economic expenditure.

Some locations,

like Gijón or San Sebastián, generated maintenance and renewal contracts. In the case of San Sebastián, In 1996, it began providing the maintenance service of the public lighting in the city, which has been renewed during these 25 years.

In the case of Gijón, the search for energy efficiency through innovation has led to the creation of infrastructure like the Demolab, currently operating in the city.

Energy Services Company

In parallel, a new model of work: the ESEs. SICE, as an Energy Services Company (ESE), is capable of financing the renewal of luminaires through savings obtained during the agreed years of maintenance and management. This new way of contracting has allowed many municipalities to address immediate comprehensive renovation projects, offering a better service to citizens, optimizing resources and reducing pollution levels.

In the last 20 years, they have benefited from this model cities like Antequera, Baeza, Cáceres, Coín, Espartinas, Fuente Palmera, Moguer, Móstoles, Tegueste, Toledo, Villajoyosa or Villatorres, among others, achieved energy savings of over 80% in some cases.

The main objective

of this integrated management is the savings energy and pollution reduction. To do this, they install LED luminaires, a technology that had begun to develop end of the 20th century but in public lighting it was not mature well into the 21st century. This type of lighting, already very common in homes, is much more efficient in terms of consumption and lifespan than traditional incandescent, halide or sodium vapor employees until now.

With more than 155,000 luminaires and almost 1,800 command centers, the Madrid is undoubtedly the largest substitution carried out so far in Spain.

In 2012,

the town council proposed reduce pollution, economic and energy expenditure. For achieve this, it unified all those contracts related to consumption of electricity, in search of integrated management by the ESE.

The contract went out to tender in 2014, for a duration of 8 years, and was divided into three lots. Two of them were awarded to the UTE Luz Madrid, owned by SICE along with other companies, all of them with extensive experience in this sector. The lots awarded correspond to the central and western areas of the municipality, where the company manages and maintains public lighting, traffic regulation, ornamental fountains and security and control systems in tunnels.

The initial perception among citizens

was that the intensity of the light was more low, because these are colder lights than sodium vapor lights. For To avoid it, in Madrid's urban lighting, they were only replaced by LEDs those luminaires located below 6 meters in height and are chose a neutral color temperature to make them look more warm. To complement the savings favored by this substitution, in The intensity of the rest of the luminaires was adjusted.

To the technological improvement that LED represents, we add the implementation of the Avisa System, an App that allows citizens report incidents in municipal services, so that maintenance tasks are more efficient.

Currently, many of the large lighting competitions in Spain are tendered under this modality of energy services, long-term contracts with a large investment.

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