CDIA Finishes PFS On Street Lighting Project in Bishkek

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The CDIA Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) on Energy Efficiency and Public Safety Improvements Through Street Lighting in Bishkek has been completed. Based on this PFS, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has initiated a Feasibility Study (FS) and the City is translating the CDIA final report as an input in the FS and as such could be considered as linked to finance.

Bishkek is the capital and the largest city of Kyrgyz Republic. The vision of the Street Lighting Project is for Bishkek to become a well-lit city where safety and security is ensured for all. In addition, the City has also targets to reduce its energy consumption of street lighting. This project has a strong possibility of having participation from the private sector as well as linkage towards climate change mitigation.

The PFS objective is based on the socio – economic, financial, institutional, technical and legal analysis of the Bishkek street lighting system, to provide Bishkek city officials with recommendations related to (1) Modernization/replacement of the street lighting system, improvement of energy efficiency and potential integration of the street lighting infrastructure with other services such as information and communications technology (ICT), closed-circuit television (CCTV) and advertisement; (2) Options for project structuring with a preliminary assessment of the potential for private investment and financing opportunities; and (3) Institutional development. The PFS report identifies issues to be further studied in a Feasibility Study.

The project’s impact is enhanced personal security and public safety in Bishkek, with the outcome of improving the quality of outdoor lighting in the streets, educational and medical institutions, as well as courtyards of the city to reduce the number of street crimes.

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