DOE installs solar-powered LEDs in Boni Avenue tunnel


The Department of Energy recently inaugurated the solar-powered LEDs that it recently installed inside the Boni Tunnel in Mandaluyong City with the help of the Asian Development Bank, which provided the lithium batteries and other accessories for the solar power assembly.

The Boni Tunnel is a 297.20m-long tunnelalong Boni Avenue and traverses EDSA in Mandaluyong City. According to the DOE, the tunnel's old lighting system, which was a mix of tubular fluorescent lights and high-pressure sodium lamps, "is not only dim but also poses security risks to public and private vehicles." In addition, it reportedly costs an average of P570,640 to operate annually.

With the installation of the LEDs, the DOE claims that the tunnel is now brightly lit as the new lighting system is more optically efficient, distributing light in areas where it is most needed. The 188 tubular LEDs in the tunnel supposedly have an operating lifespan of 30,000 hours. Powering it is a grid-interactive photovoltaic system that can save the local government up to P240,000 a year in electricity expenditure.

"It is very important for us today to continuously moderate electricity consumption," said DOE secretary Jose Rene Almendras. "In reducing consumption, we also lessen our carbon footprints, effectively contributing to the solutions toward the issue of climate change."


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  • Fernando Amorsolo May 21 2012 @ 01:32pm
    Aw. Quarter million para sa napaka ikling tunnel (quarter of a kilometer din). Pumapatak, 1 Thousand pesos sa isang taon ang bill ng Bulb, na umiilaw 365 Days a year, 24 hours a day. Pwede na rin pala hehe
  • Fernando Amorsolo May 21 2012 @ 01:33pm
    (kung every 1 meter ay may isang bulb)
  • aargh May 21 2012 @ 04:28pm
    Its funny how good news like this attracts less posts/readers than bad news...
  • Allain May 21 2012 @ 04:52pm
    well for me its a thumbs up!hehehe
  • 007 May 21 2012 @ 05:43pm
    nice work
  • John Rigor May 21 2012 @ 06:40pm
    Di ba pwede lahat ng tunnels and major highways lagyan ng solar powered LED?
  • AuiBoy May 21 2012 @ 09:55pm
    Arrgh and one more thing they only post good comments not some mind opener to see the big part ofthe problem....iexpect this to be deleted....errr...
  • AuiBoy May 21 2012 @ 09:55pm
    (Your thoughts on the article...)
  • spherion03 May 22 2012 @ 03:25am
    The government should be this thrifty in using people's money. Good job, DOE!
  • walphie May 22 2012 @ 09:33am
    Advantage din nito, mas matagal lifespan ng LED kaysa fluorescent and sodium lamps! Mas mahal sa umpisa, pero savings down the road.

    Sana lang di manakaw, at maayos ang maintenance. Good job, DOE! Sana gumawa ng design ang DOE for DPWH na standardized, para bawas padding sa mga bid contracts for streetlighting.
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