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Taipei launches bid to encourage LED use with subsidies

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

The Taipei City Government yesterday launched a subsidy program to help communities and low-income families upgrade their lighting systems with energy-saving LED lights.

The program was launched in coordination with an initiative announced by the Executive Yuan in April to cut the power consumption of the private sector and local government agencies by 2 percent by March next year, compared with the electricity they used during the same period in previous years.

Taipei Environmental Protection Department Commissioner Liou Ming-lone (劉銘龍) said that LED lights are about 50 percent more energy-efficient than incandescent lights.

He said that an estimated 350 communities would receive subsidies of between NT$30,000 and NT$100,000, (US$918 and US$3,041) depending on the number of residents.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must set aside a budget equal to the amount they want to apply for, he said.

Department Secretary Lu Ya-wen (呂雅雯) said to ensure that subsidies are appropriately used, the funds would be issued following a review of proposals on lighting systems in need of replacement and a check of invoices on work done.

She said that under the terms of the Executive Yuan’s budget, the city government has received NT$16 million this year to cover expenses arising from lighting system upgrades, while the amount previously granted to the city was just NT$2 million.

In addition, the city would receive a bonus of NT$300 million it meets the 2 percent energy conservation goal set forth by the Executive Yuan by March, Lu said.

Department of Social Welfare Deputy Commissioner Huang Ching-kao (黃清高) said the city government would help an estimated 1,500 low-income families replace less energy-efficient lights for free.

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