Energy efficient streetlight replacement program underway
Released: 12 July 2017
Over the next few months Council will replace approximately 1,700 streetlights with energy efficient LEDs.
This is expected to result in a reduction of approximately 680 tonnes of CO2 greenhouse emissions and $128,000 in energy costs each year over the twenty year life of the lights.
The energy efficient LEDs have a significantly longer lifespan than traditional lights and provide better coverage.
The changeover of streetlights will reduce overall emissions from Council’s operations by more than half a tonne and is a major step for Council towards reaching its adopted emissions reduction target of zero net carbon emissions by 2030–31.
Around 70 streets lights on main roads will be replaced first, with the bulk of lights in residential areas to be replaced from mid-July. Works are currently underway in Gisborne and will be rolled out across the shire in the coming months.
Council’s Acting Director Assets and Operations, Anne-Louise Lindner said that the replacement program also has added benefits to saving energy and lowering Council’s carbon footprint.
“80 per cent of the lights being replaced are high energy use mercury globes and the new replacement lights last longer and will provide better visibility as they are designed to shine over a wider surface area,” she said.
This is the second stage of the program, with the first stage completed last year in Lancefield, where 105 streetlights were fitted with energy efficient LEDs. A comparison of 2016 and 2015 billing data shows that just for the month of October 2016, these lights saved Council $355.80 in combined energy and maintenance charges, and reduced greenhouse emissions by 8.5 tonnes of CO2.