MANILA The Department of Energy (DoE) said that the Boni Tunnel Efficient Lighting System in Mandaluyong City will be turned on this coming May 15, with President Benigno Noynoy Aquino III leading the inaugural ceremony.
A public-private partnership (PPP) project implemented by the DoE, the lighting project aims to transform the existing sub-standard lighting system of the Boni Tunnel to an energy efficient lighting using the solar-powered light emitting diodes or LED.
The agency oversaw the installation of 47 tubular LEDs or master lamps, with each one being able to last for 30,000 hours.
According to DoE, the 280-meter stretch of the Boni Tunnel from EDSA to Pioneer will be illuminated at daytime using the solar panel. At night time, the power source will switch to the grid.
Since the LEDs will be tapping into solar power, the project has the potential saving the Mandaluyong City government P240,000 per year in electricity expenditure.
The LED technology used in the tunnel is envisioned to be the model system for lighting other tunnels across the country.
Other agencies involved in the lighting project are the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), local government of Mandaluyong City, Philippine National Oil Company-Renewables Corporation, Philips and the Asian Development Bank. (PNA)