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Mexico Takes Lead in Latin America with Announcement of Region’s Largest GE LED Street Lighting Project

Posted on December 13, 2010 by Noel

” * Quintana Roo Governor Félix González Canto has announced plans to install 25,507 high-efficiency GE LED street lights in the town of Othón P. Blanco
* The pioneering initiative represents the largest LED street lighting installation in Latin America, saving the town 51% on energy

In the context of the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Quintana Roo’s Estate Governor Félix González Canto reiterated his country’s commitment to the environment by presenting a project to replace 25,507 streetlights in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco with GE Evolve™ light-emitting diode (LED) cobrahead street lights.

“It is our job at all levels of government to support the country’s growth and the well-being of our citizens. LEDs are the future of lighting solutions and Chetumal and its municipality are setting the standards for other cities in Latin America and the world to follow”

The project supports the Mexican government’s Special 2010-2012 Climate Change Program to mitigate environmental impacts by reducing the municipality’s energy usage by 29,218,980 million watts per year. The resulting greenhouse gas emission reduction would be the equivalent of taking the approximately 40,000 cars that operate throughout Othón Blanco off the roads in a 10-year period.

Once completed, the project will be the largest installation of LED streetlights in Latin America.

“All eyes are on Mexico as we host this important meeting on climate change, and we are pleased to support our country’s commitment to the world with actions that will have a long-term impact on the environment,” Governor González Canto remarked. “As many countries begin to move toward achieving their environmental goals, Mexico is establishing its leadership with concrete examples, such as transitioning to LED lighting in our cities.”

According to the 2009 annual report of the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), Mexico is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change, with 71% of its GDP at risk of suffering the adverse consequences of this environmental phenomenon. “Governments have a responsibility to seek efficient solutions to meet our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals,” said Municipal President of Othón P. Blanco, Andrés F. Ruiz Morcillo. “It is our job at all levels of government to support the country’s growth and the well-being of our citizens. LEDs are the future of lighting solutions and Chetumal and its municipality are setting the standards for other cities in Latin America and the world to follow,” he added.

The 25,507 GE LED lighting systems will generate estimated energy savings of 51% for the town, when compared to the technology currently in place. These savings are a result of the long life and efficiency of LED technology and GE’s Evolve™ system, voted Best-in-Class in the 2010 Next Generation Luminaires™ Design Competition (The competition, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the International Association of Lighting Designers, cites excellence in the design of energy-efficient LED luminaries for general illumination lighting). Among the advantages of LED lighting are its long life and the possibility of directing light to specific areas, reducing light pollution and glare. LEDs offer brighter, more uniform light that allows for better visibility as well as color rendition. For governments, this means fewer labor hours for replacing lamps, less traffic disruption and a greater sense of security among citizens.

“GE’s goal is to provide innovative, leadership products that help our customers meet their environmental and financial goals, and we believe that LED technology is the future of lighting solutions. We are extremely proud that Mexico has chosen GE for the largest LED public roadway lighting installation in Latin America, and trusted us to be a part of one of the initiatives the country is implementing to meet its domestic environmental needs,” commented Michael J. Petras, president and CEO of GE Lighting.

Avances Lumínicos Plus S.A. de C.V. – GE’s authorized national distributor and exclusive concessionary in the state of Quintana Roo – is responsible for the financing, installation and maintenance of the light-emitting diode (LED) systems employed in the Municipality of Othón P. Blanco through a 15 year concession agreement with the Municipality. “We are very please with the opportunity to work with a trusted brand such as GE to bring our customers in Mexico the best in technology innovation”, says Salomon Marcovich, President and CEO, Avances Luminicos Plus.”

An ambitious project! If proven to be successful, imagine the precedence this would set for other communities and nations around the globe. As many local governments are finding out these days, cut backs, where ever they can make it, count. Why not choose a solution and an investment that pays for itself and more? Upgrading or retrofitting light fixtures to conform with IDA (International Dark-Sky Association) regulations eliminates light pollution 100%. Congratulations Mexico and may you enjoy clearer night skies!

Let there be night!

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