Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. It is set to be the first capital in this nation to use a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) to modernize all of its lighting throughout the city. There was a bidding process for which private company would handle this project and the winner was BHIP which offered the best balance of prices, techniques, and experience. BHIP already handles the operation and maintenance of all of the existing public lighting in Belo Horizonte. Visit infomoney.com to learn more.
One expert in PPPs and public works projects in Brazil is Felipe Montoro Jens. He says that the Belo Horizonte lighting project should be completed in 2020 and at that time all 182,000 public lights in the city will be equipped with LED technology. LED lighting is not only far more durable than sodium vapor lighting but it is also much less expensive to operate. In particular they last a full decade longer and run at 45% less cost. They also increase safety as the light beam shines on all sides of the light instead of just directly forward.
Felipe Montoro Jens says that the major thorough fares in Belo Horizonte will be the first ones to receive these new lighting solutions. These lights will be able to be controlled remotely, he says, including how luminous they are. Preventative maintenance an also be programmed which will further help to keep costs down and keep the lights in good working order.
Another 138 cities across Brazil are also using PPP projects to update their public lighting. Among the major cities doing so is Sao Paulo which is one of the biggest cities in the world. Felipe Montoro Jens says every government in Brazil recognizes that LED lighting makes a lot more sense than sodium vapor lighting due to durability, cheaper costs to operate, and ability to being remotely controlled. At some point these lights could be installed on smart poles which will provide passerby with information such as bus schedules. These will mostly be built through PPPs, he says, as governments generally lack the resources and expertise to do these types of projects themselves.