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Warrnambool leads Australia in energy efficient streetlights

News Article Date: 
Friday, 8 August 2014

Warrnambool is in the process of becoming the first city in Australia to use highly efficient LED technology for a bulk changeover of residential street lighting.

Once the changeover is completed later this year about 2000 80-watt mercury vapour lamps will be replaced with 22-watt Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).

The annual cost of power (including a base charge) to run an LED is about $36.50 compared to $96.60 for a mercury vapour lamp.

There will be additional savings on the lower cost of maintaining the LEDs so the annual saving to Warrnambool Council is expected to be about $245,000.

WCC Mayor Michael Neoh said the council had assessed the increased benefits of LED technology against the higher initial cost involved and was proud to be pioneering its adoption for residential streets in Australia.

“The move to install LEDs makes sense from financial and environmental points of view,” Cr Neoh said.

“It also fits neatly with the Council’s key objective to be a sustainable city.”

LEDs have also been installed along the Breakwater.

The Warrnambool streetlight upgrade is part of the Great South Coast Street Smart Lighting project which involves six Victorian councils - Warrnambool, Shires of Colac Otway, Corangamite, Moyne, Southern Grampians and Glenelg.

The project received a $1.4 million grant from the Australian Government's Community Energy Efficiency Program.

The mercury vapour lamps will be recycled.

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