Fomento de San Sebastian, the municipal public society dedicated to the economic and social development and promotion of the city of Donostia - San Sebastian, leads the SMART strategy of the city. Our partner recently saw the approval of its Regional Action Plan where they described actions that the organisation would undertake to reduce CO2 emissions in the city. These actions included: SMART Public Lighting in Sancho el Sabio Street; Improved Energy Efficiency for Families & Commerces and ICT Inclusion in a Building Retrofitting for the Energy Efficiency Improvement.

During the Regional Action Plan development, representatives from Interreg Europe highlighted that our partners were eligible for additional funding that would aid the implementation of one of their Pilot Actions: the SMART Public Lighting actionThis action was built upon remedial works already being undertaken by the Municipality of San Sebastian in Sancho el Sabio street, a key pedestrian area in the city. "We were in the midst of renovating the pedestrian area on one side of the street to improve accessibility to the retail dwellings located there", explains CLEAN project partner Ainara AmundarainThe works aim to revitalize the area by improving the accessibility in the street, this is inclusive of renovation of all the public elements and infrastructure including public lighting. 

The proposed pilot action with the CLEAN project

It will consist in a new intelligent public lighting infrastructure in the street. FSS will install 22 LED system luminaries on lampposts along the street that will foster an efficient lighting installation. This system will allow tele-management, inventory, corrective and preventive maintenance and energy saving management that will be based on presence, calendar and also environmental parameters to control the lighting power and switch ‘on’ and ‘off’ functions automatically.  

This installation has the potential to save of up to 74%, due to the renovation of the conventional luminaries into LED lighting and also up to 53% savings based on automated presence detection, which potentially results in a total saving of 80% in energy consumption and reduction of CO2 emissions. Savings will depend on the real presence and movement of people in the street at night (the more movement detected, the more energy is consumed) and the level light power established by the municipal department in charge of the public lighting (the mover light power is set, the more will be consumed).  

The proposal for extra funding to implement this pilot action has successfully completed the first stage of the process and has been approved by the Joint-Secretariat for submission to the Interreg Monitoring Committee. It is hoped that the proposal will be approved so that Fomento de San Sebastian may complete the SMART lighting installation in the region. This will improve the region’s SMART city infrastructure and address the common challenge of the CLEAN project to identify how to best meet EU energy efficiency targets for buildings in Europe’s regions.