Public Lighting

Pichl bei Wels Austria

Energy Performance Contracts

Annual saving of CO2 emissions: 18 tons

Public Lighting

Gas station "Pink": New lighting for the pump station, restaurant and shop



Refurbishment of the whole lighting system (indoor and outdoor lighting) to LED technology and a new lighting control system.


Energy efficiency improvement measures often require significant upfront investments. EPC works best where technologies with short payback times are available.
The regional government of Upper Austria started it first programme for EPC market development in 1998.

Two fold approach:
- financial support for contracting projects
- facilitation service by the regional energy agency (ESV)

Facilitation service in Upper Austria:
-Focus on delivering information and specific support to EPC clients, (potential) ESCOs and other financing bodies
-Working closely helps to increase know-how and trust in the EPC model
-More than 200 contracting projects supported
-Areas: street lighting, EPC in buildings and industry, renewable heat contracting
-More than 30 ESCOs offer service in the region

EPC project: Gas station

In total, 133 luminaires were exchanged resulting in a reduction of the installed electric capacity from 18 to 5.6 kW. The annual electricity consumption was reduced by 25 %, resulting in significant cost savings.

Investment costs:
-62,500 Euro (total investment)
-60,200 Euro (financed by the EPC project)
EPC contract duration: 10 years

Annual savings:

  • Reduction electricity consumption: 58,400 kWh/year
  • Electricity cost savings: 7,600 Euro/year
  • Maintenance costs savings: 1,900 Euro/year
  • CO2 emissions: 27 tons/years


    Financing scheme:

    Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) - ESCO


    EPC market development – best practice example


    A strategic approach in reaching out to all target groups and stakeholders and providing them with concrete and situation-specific information is needed in early phases of the EPC market development. “Explain, explain, explain” is the motto to be followed.
    Good practice examples relevant for the specific context (such as this one) are very helpful.