City Interventions

Bishkek Energy Efficiency through Street Lighting

Country: Kyrgystan
City: Bishkek

Key Stakeholders and PartnersBishkek City Municipal Government; Ministry of Economy; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Project Preparation Study PeriodMay 2012 – October 2015

CDIA SupportUS$ 139,885

Expected Downstream FinancingUS$ 8.0 million (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Infrastructure sectorsPower/Energy Efficiency

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Environmental Improvement; Poverty Reduction

Key City Development Issues

Bishkek’s last comprehensive street lighting development plan dates back to the 1980s. Since then, there has been no new clear direction concerning the expansion of Bishkek’s street lighting system in line with the city’s expansion plans. As a result, existing street lighting conditions are very poor, with less than half of existing lighting points in the city being operational. This lack of effective street lighting in Bishkek has resulted in social insecurities such as house thefts and street robberies, as well as poor road safety due to poor visibility during night time.

Details of Cooperation

CDIA-supported activities included: (i) consulting support for the preparation of a pre-feasibility study on the implementation of an energy efficient street lighting rehabilitation, replacement and investment program that would improve public safety and significantly reduce energy consumption; and (ii) an assessment of the potential for private investment in a PPP arrangement for the installation and operation of energy efficient lighting.

Expected Development Outcomes

The project is expected to (i) increase sense of security in Bishkek City, particularly safety for children, women and the elderly with the increased visibility arising from the rehabilitation and installation of improved street lighting; (ii) improve road safety by reducing the number of traffic accidents caused by poor visibility; and (iii) reduce emission of CO2 and other GHG from current levels, through replacement of mercury lamps with LED lighting.


Key City informationLand Area: 127 sq. km.
Population: 850,000 (2015)
City website: n/a

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