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LED Global LightSavers Partners Summit 10 May

12:00AM, 10 May 2011
12:00AM, 10 May 2011
Shanghai, China
LED Global LightSavers Partners Summit 10 May

LightSavers is an international consortium of lighting users that seeks to speed up acceptance of LEDs and smart control technologies in outdoor lighting applications such as streets and parking areas. In its first phase, the initiative is undertaking a global trial of LED technologies with ten cities in the US, Canada, the UK, China, India and Australia. These involve rigorous pilot testing of LED products to determine how they perform over a year and more under local weather conditions using a common testing protocol.

Trials have already been installed in nine partner cities: Adelaide and Sydney, Australia; Guiyang, Tianjin, and Yangzhou, China; Hong Kong; New York, US; Kolkata, India; London, UK; and Toronto, Canada. Additional trials will begin early in 2011 in Mumbai, India.

In order to build the consortium partners’ knowledge of the LED market and technical performance—and to enhance their capacity to bring the technology to scale in their cities—The Climate Group is organizing the LED Global Partners Summit to be held in conjunction with the Green Lighting Shanghai 2011 event scheduled in Shanghai, China, May 11 – 13, 2011 that is organized and hosted by the China Solid State Lighting Alliance.

The Summit will convene the LightSavers consortium partners worldwide, including China, as well as senior government officials from countries that are strongly supporting LED development and deployment. The key aims of the Summit are to advance acceptance and market readiness for LED and smart lighting control products in municipal applications by:

Sharing performance information from global trials:

  • Identifying strategies and financial options for undertaking large scale LED replacement in street lighting and parking area projects (assuming trials demonstrate satisfactory performance).
  • Exploring technology options for controlling LED streetlight and parking area deployment to permit dimming, data gathering, and remote management of lighting assets.
  • Promoting dialogue among major government players on the policies needed to accelerate a market transition to LED lighting technology.

The Summit will be organized into three parts:

1. A two-day private workshop of LightSavers consortium partners to share trial results and discuss their LED scale-up strategies, with a focus on scale up strategies and financing options;
2. Attendance at public sessions at the Green Light Shanghai 2011 event, including: (a) an international half-day forum of LED government agencies attending the Green Lighting Shanghai 2011 event to share information on their LED roadmaps and policies, and (b) an afternoon session on smart controls and street and area lighting;
3. A one-day field trip to Yangzhou, a LightSavers partners, to visit a large LED streetlight installation and learn about Jiangsu’s Province’s LED policy, promotional, and industrial strategies.

In sum, the LightSavers Global Partners Summit will assemble the world’s leading municipal, state/provincial/regional, national, and corporate leaders who are committed to bringing LEDs to scale. The Summit will advance international dialogue on government policies and financial solutions needed to fuel a fast growing market.


8.30–10.30am: Session 3, Part 1: Scale-up strategies, from trial to tender

Participants will explore the multiple challenges and solutions to scale up, focusing on strategies to move from trials to large-scale procurement, readiness of the market, negotiation strategies with suppliers, relations with local utilities, and consultation with the public. Representatives from cities that are in the process of large scale deployments will serve as experts to the group, including possibly Birmingham, UK, Los Angeles, US, Guangzhou and Yangzhou, China, etc.

10.30 – 11am: Break

11am – 12.30pm: Session 3 (continued)

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30 – 5pm: Session 3, Part 2: Scale-up strategies, financing
A panel followed by discussion will explore successful examples of municipal scale-up of LED technology, and the financial strategies needed to make it happen. Financial experts for the panel will possibly be drawn from HSBC, the World Bank’s carbon financing unit, an ESCO, and a private equity firm. Discussion following the panel may focus on:

  • Approaches to modeling the financial case for scale-up,
  • Turnkey financial solutions for street lighting implementation programs, including: debenture financing, ESCO financing, leasing approaches, privatization, carbon financing,
  • Case studies of substantial scale-ups, etc.,
  • Role of carbon financing in developing nations.

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