Russia donates thousands of LED street lights to Cuba

Russia donates thousands of LED street lights to Cuba

 HAVANA, March 12th. The Shvabe company, part of the Rostec State Corporation of Russia, sent 15,000 LED lamps to Cuba, manufactured taking into account the climatic characteristics of the Island, and designed to “modernize the street lighting of Havana.”

According to a company note, the project was carried out on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation and involved the development of a new line of luminaires resistant not only to surges but also to high air temperatures, light direct sunlight and high humidity.

For the new luminaires, Rostec assures, original secondary optics were developed, which ensure the uniformity of the illumination of the road by the requirements of Cuba for the illumination of roads and sidewalks.

“We have contributed to the development of Havana’s urban infrastructure by supplying modified luminaires. The products consume 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs and produce the same amount of light,” said Vadim Kalyugin, general director of Shvabe.

“The luminaires allow us to replace obsolete equipment and therefore make the streets brighter, more comfortable and safer,” he assured.

The announcement, which has not been confirmed by the official press of the Island, comes after at the most recent meeting of the Council of Ministers of Cuba, the head of Energy and Mines, Vicente de la O Levy, reported that in the Last quarter, electricity consumption was reduced nationally by 7%.

This, at the cost of the partial or total paralysis, during peak hours, of 120,788 services; turning off air conditioners and others; the readjustment of schedules for more than 68,000 workers, and the disconnection of 74% of public lighting.

Despite the above, since last week the electricity supply deficit has been close to 50% of national demand and blackouts in most provinces reach up to 17 hours a day.

The decision also comes while Cuba is experiencing an increase in public insecurity, with robberies, assaults and other crimes reported on social networks daily. In response, Cubans avoid going out once night falls.