The second phase – foreseen in the contract signed last December – of the management and maintenance of public lighting and of the energy plants of the municipal buildings entrusted by the Municipality of Casalecchio di Reno to Rekeep, the parent company of the grouping of companies, also consisting of Engie and Sgargi, who won the tender announced by the Administration.
New LED street lighting
The work to replace the city’s 5,500 lighting points with the new LED technology began in February 2018 with a first phase involving most of the public lighting inside the city parks and along the cycle paths present in the green areas.
In the last few days, the second and most substantial phase of the interventions has begun, which involves the replacement of the lighting points of all the street lighting. In addition to the LED light points, the power supply panels of the lines will be adjusted or replaced so as to have remote control and about 5 km of power lines will be replaced.
The new public lighting provides for an investment by the private concessionaire of over 2 million and 100 thousand euros (including VAT), an annual savings of 178 TOE and a reduction of 404 tonnes of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere.
Energy requalification of buildings and school sports facilities
Simultaneously with these interventions, the energy requalification of school buildings and sports facilities connected to them for a total of 31 municipal buildings have started – taking advantage of the school’s summer closure period.
This summer we will work in particular in 14 schools and related sports facilities (2 swimming pools and 6 gyms). The most important works concern 4 secondary schools of first grade where they will replace 1.337 sqm of window frames, installed boiler with heat pump for the production of domestic hot water and heat pumps for heating the water of the two swimming pools. The investment foreseen for the interventions in these 4 schools is equal to over 1 million euros (including VAT) and will allow, for each building, an average annual savings of 4.85 TOE and the emission of about 17.3 tons less CO2.
Common Contract-Rekeep: overall economic and environmental benefits
The contract, with a total annual value of about 1.5 million euros plus VAT, was entrusted to Rekeep with the formula of the public-private partnership: a contractual solution available to Public Administrations that will allow the Municipality, on the one hand, to save over 17.35% compared to the annual historical expenditure for the two services, equal to about 4.75 million euro VAT excluded over the entire duration of the partnership, on the other hand, to ensure redevelopment interventions for 3 , € 5 million plus VAT which will be fully paid by the private concessionaire.
The Concessionaire, in fact, which will manage lighting and energy plants for 15 years, will be included in the initial investment thanks to the share of the greater efficiency guaranteed by the upgrading plants.
From an energy standpoint, a total consumption cut of 24.24% will be produced, equal to 215.63 TOE / year, or that which would be achieved by turning off around 174 apartment boilers for 1 year, while, in environmental terms, lower emissions of CO2 in the atmosphere (- 516 tons of CO2 / year) will have for the Casalecchio air a benefit equal to that obtained by planting 737 new trees.
“The public-private partnership is increasingly a fundamental tool to allow investments that the public today would not be able to support independently” – underlined Nicola Bersanetti, Councilor for Urban Quality of the Municipality of Casalecchio di Reno – “With this project, we have wanted to give a 360-degree answer to the energetic theme, inserting both the thermal part and the public lighting into a single contract. This allows us to obtain a considerable improvement from an environmental point of view, in terms of lower polluting emissions, and, on the economic level, on the one hand, a strong saving in the payment of utilities, on the other, a significant upgrading of our assets through a private investment that therefore does not weigh on the municipal coffers. “.