Public lighting (PI) is essential to the quality of life in urban centers, acting as an instrument of citizenship, allowing society to fully enjoy public space at night. In addition to being directly linked to public safety in traffic, it prevents crime, beautifies urban areas, highlights and values monuments, buildings and landscapes, facilitates road hierarchy, guides routes and allows for better use of leisure areas. To fulfill this role, IP is responsible for a significant portion of the national demand and the total consumption of electric energy in the country.
Procel, through its various sub-programs, seeks to implement projects and disseminate technical knowledge and social benefits throughout the national territory. In the specific case of Public Lighting, Procel acts primarily through PROCEL RELUZ, which aims to promote the development of efficient Public Lighting and traffic light systems, as well as the enhancement of urban public spaces.
However, despite all the efforts made, a reduced number of projects proposed and carried out by the municipalities is perceived, within the scope of Procel Reluz, in the North region. As an example, we take the Public Call Procel Reluz 01/2017, which selected 22 projects to carry out improvements in public lighting, ten in the South region (45.5%), nine in the Southeast region (40.9%), two in the Midwest region (9.1%) and only one in the North region (4.5%). The concentration of projects in the South and Southeast regions (86.4%) is mainly due to the concentration of structured institutions and trained personnel in these regions.
In order to reduce regional asymmetries and increase the number of energy efficiency projects in IP systems in the North region and, in this way, reduce the gap that prevents Procel Reluz from reaching national coverage, it is necessary to provide the appropriate training of entities and public and private institutions in the region, especially those aware of the peculiarities of the Legal Amazon, so that they can, subsequently, train qualified personnel to work in the IP area, provide all the necessary support to society, the State, the concessionaires distribution of electricity, to manufacturers and also for the improvement of IP in the North Region of the country.
One of the objectives of the Center of Excellence in Energy in Acre – Ceeac is to train local labor and contribute to sustainable development in the Northern Region. Seeking to fulfill these and other objectives, Ceeac has been preparing project proposals and raising funds from different sources. The newest project approved and to be carried out by Ceeac is the Structuring of the Center for Excellence in Public Lighting in the Amazon – Neipa, which will be carried out under the agreement ECV-PRFP 001/2021 with the National Electric Energy Conservation Program – Procel.
During the execution of the agreement, which was signed on 07/06/2021, training activities will be carried out for municipal managers and technicians, in order to qualify them to raise funds available nationwide to update lighting parks with the replacement of old light bulbs by LED luminaires and the installation of intelligent systems for control and maintenance, ensuring a longer useful life for the system and reduced energy consumption. A laboratory for testing and receiving equipment will also be set up, with the aim of helping city halls in the process of purchasing lighting fixtures, in addition to the possibility of developing studies and producing technical knowledge by researchers from Ceeac.
The structuring of Neipa, which will also include the hiring of 11 people, including engineers and scholarship students, will be an important step on the way to providing equal conditions for the various regions of the country, encouraging access by city halls in the North Region to resources in their captured by more developed regions of the country.
To access information on the project's selection processes, contracting and purchases, interested parties can access the project's transparency page by clicking aqui.