Council adopts LED street lighting technology

Cessnock Liberals support the introduction of LED street light technology.

Cessnock City Council adopted LED street lighting across the LGA as from the 17 of October council meeting and will progressively replace 2,013 street lights.
As far back as 2011 discussions were taking place on how to lower the council street lighting power costs. LED technology was in its infancy back then but the people who were part of the Kurri Kurri 2030 futures development committee recognized the need and placed it as one of their Top 10 priorities to have low energy lighting installed by the year 2030.
Over the ensuring years various organizations showed off their technology in Kurri Kurri and to council staff including the City Mayor.
Smaller communities across Australia and New Zealand began adopting the technology with instant savings on power and maintenance.
The small council district of Kaipara in NZ replaced 1400 street lights with LEDs resulting in a 70% saving on power and significant savings on maintenance
In WA, the Lighting the West project is a partnership between Wyndham City, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay to bring sustainable street lighting to the west.
In 2015 as part of the project, over 26,000 80W mercury vapour street lights have been changed to energy efficient technology across the municipalities. Across the four Councils, this will result in 176,117 tonnes reduction in equivalent carbon dioxide emissions over 20 years and a $1.4 million saving in 2015 alone.
The biggest LED street light replacement project is in NSW, Light Years Ahead, has come to an end with the last light installed in March 2016
Crews installed 13,951 LED street lights across Western Sydney – 951 extra lights than originally forecasted. Final reporting is underway and Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), who is coordinating the project, is investigating options for additional lights.
Nine Western Sydney councils have been working on this collaborative street lighting project since 2014. Councils involved in the project are Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hills Shire, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith. The project is estimated to save the participating councils $20 million and 74,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over 20 years. The $20 million savings are significant as street lighting makes up around 55% of councils’ energy costs.

In Cessnock, Ausgrid owns and maintains 5,049 street lights within the Cessnock LGA for which Council pays maintenance and electricity costs. These lights include 2,013 pre 2009 lights on residential streets that can be cost effectively replaced by newer, more efficient and more reliable LED’s. The proposed street lighting replacement project has a positive payback with the overall project paying for itself in approximately 7 years. There are also positive environmental and community benefits from the project.

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