Monday, 24 August 2015 17:07

Holroyd City Council sees the (LED) light

Mayor of Holroyd and staff and hold two street lights Mayor of Holroyd and staff and hold two street lights Credit: Jay La

Nine Western Sydney councils, including Holroyd City Council (opens external site), have joined forces to reduce energy costs and consumption by replacing old and inefficient street lights in many of their suburbs.

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (WSROC) Light Years Ahead project will replace approximately 13,000 street lights in nine Western Sydney local government areas – Holroyd, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith. Installation of new lights have begun and will continue to March 2016, with the roll out staggered across the nine councils.

Old, inefficient mercury vapour lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights, which are cheaper and more sustainable to run. Councils will save an estimated $21 million over 20 years at current electricity prices.

Within the project, Holroyd Council will have over 770 lights replaced (over 10% of the total lights) in seven suburbs:

  • Greystanes
  • Guildford West
  • Merrylands West
  • Pendle Hill
  • Smithfield
  • South Wentworthville
  • Wentworthville

Mayor of Holroyd, Cllr Greg Cummings, said the estimated savings for Council over the next 20 years will be over $860,000 and 3,860 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

“The emissions savings are equivalent to lighting over 4,800 Australian homes, heating and cooling over 1,900 homes, and taking nearly 900 cars off the road each year,” said Mayor Cummings.

“Holroyd City Council is committed to environmental sustainability and the Light Years Ahead initiative is an important regional project that will make a great impact on our local community,” he said.

The project is the brainchild of WSROC who coordinated the project. WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti says the project will bring many benefits to councils and residents.

“Public lighting costs millions of dollars each year, with street lighting dominating 55% of our councils’ energy costs. So, anything councils can do to reduce costs allows us to redirect funding to other projects to improve infrastructure and wider services.”

“This is the biggest street lighting replacement project NSW has ever seen. We have 126,955 street lights in our nine councils. This project replaces over 10 per cent of those lights. We hope this project is the start of future upgrades, so we can continue the great work we’ve started.”

“There are major benefits for this project – not just the cost savings to councils and residents. By reducing our collective energy consumption we are making a major reduction in our carbon footprint.”

“These savings are significant and shows what councils can achieve when they work together,” Cllr Hadchiti said. “WSROC has shown that they can lead the way in ensuring both financial and environmental sustainability for our councils, especially in relation to the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future program.”

The project will also encourage Western Sydney residents to review their own energy practices and consumption. An event kit will be distributed to community information events across Western Sydney from June 2015. WSROC and council staff will share energy saving tips with residents, which can also be found on the project website – www.lightyearsahead.com.au.

This $7.8 million dollar project began in June 2014 and is expected to be completed by May 2016. This project is funded by the Australian Government

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Photo caption

Left to right: Ali Shahi (Senior Traffic Engineer, Holroyd City Council), Cllr Greg Cummings (Mayor of Holroyd), Greg Raft, Director of Environmental and Planning Services and Rita Milostnik, Environmental Sustainability Officer.

 

 

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Related content

Light Years Ahead project website (opens external website)

Project page on WSROC website

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