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Bright lights, big savings

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The second stage in the installation of energy-saving street lights is now under way in Warrnambool.

Warrnambool City Council was the first of six Councils to commence the bulk changeover of residential street lights to highly efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) residential street lights under the ‘Great South Coast Street lighting project’ back in June. It is anticipated that the changeover to LED residential street lights will be completed by January.

About 1000 mercury vapour street lights were replaced with 22 watt LEDs in July with a further 900 LEDs scheduled to be installed over the next two months.

These new lights will cut energy usage by more than 77 per cent compared to the existing 80-Watt mercury vapour lamps and will significantly reduce running costs, whilst maintaining existing light levels.

The six Great South Coast Councils (Warrnambool City, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Moyne, Southern Grampians and Glenelg) are sharing in $1.4 million in grant funding from the Australian Government to upgrade over 7000 lights in total.

The old mercury vapour lamps will be recycled and each LED street light will have a life expectancy up to 20 years.

Warrnambool City Council’s Coordinator City Sustainability Kristyn Abbott said that the project will have very positive environmental and financial impact.

“Street lighting is one of the most significant contributors to Council’s carbon footprint. It is responsible for about 20 per cent of all of Council’s greenhouse gas emissions,” Ms Abbott said.

“It is estimated that the whole project will result in an approximate reduction of 3000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, the equivalent of removing over 700 cars from the road per year.

“Council’s $700,000 contribution to the project will be recouped within about six years due to the considerably cheaper running costs of LED street lights.”

 

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