In Manila, Philippines the Boni Tunnel in Mandaluyong is now brighter and more energy efficient thanks to a new innovative solar powered LED lighting system from Philips. Not only is great for the environment, but the city government of Mandaluyong also expects to save up to P240,000, approximately $550,000, every year in electrical costs.
The lighting system is expexted to save up to 51% in electricity expenses every year, and consists of Philips tubular LED lighting systems that will be solar-powered by day, and powered by the power grid at night. The tunnel lighting system is connected via a grid-interactive photovoltaic system with solar panels placed on top of the tunnel. The solar panels are connected to power converters, and then hooked up to the Meralco power grid.
The Efficient Lighting System fitted in the Boni Tunnel marks the first time in the country were LED’s and solar panels have been integrated into one system. It will save money, and at the same time enhance driver safety in the the 280 meter long tunnel.
Mayor Benhur Abalo praised the lighting initiative, saying that the new solar LED’s are noticeably brighter than the previous lights. “I have seen the lights, and anyone who passes by, can experience the difference very clearly. Whether it’s daytime or nighttime, the tunnel is well-lit, from the entrance up to the end of the tunnel, making it much safer for motorists”, he said. “This will mean so much savings for us. Before, there had always been debates on who should pay for the electricity costs in the tunnel. The responsibility was passed on to us”.
Impressed with the LED technology used in the tunnel, it soon could be applied to other tunnels across the country. Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras have already expressed confidence that Mandaluyong City will set a good precedent for future solar-powered LED lighting projects, and hope to bring the same lighting system to the Ayala Tunnel in Makati City next year.
“Philips Lighting has always been a strong advocate for the switch to energy-efficient LED lighting solutions that is not only sustainable in the long run, but also in this instance, has the ability to enhance visibility and road safety”, said Rico Gonzales, Country Manager of Philips Electronics and Lighting for the Philippines. “Together with the Department of Energy, we are able to provide safer roads with our LED lighting solutions for the drivers in Metro Manila.”