Monday, 13 July 2015 14:47

LED lighting saves millions

WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti & Mayor of Blacktown, Cllr Stephen Bali WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti & Mayor of Blacktown, Cllr Stephen Bali Credit: Jay La Photographer

A changeover to LED street lighting is underway across Blacktown; a move that will shed a “greener” light on the streets and save the community millions of dollars in electricity bills.

“Changing over 2,250 older and less efficient street lights will save $4.3 million over the next 20 years,” said the Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Stephen Bali.

“Old, inefficient mercury vapour lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights, which are cheaper and more sustainable to run.

“The changeover will not happen overnight, the old lights will be changed as they reach the end of their useful life.

“There is also a huge environmental saving,” Mayor Bali said.

“By swapping an old mercury vapour with a new LED you instantly reduce energy consumption by 77% for that particular light - making a huge cut to our carbon footprint.
“It’s a change that will cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over 20 years.

“That’s the equivalent to lighting over 17,000 Australian homes, heating and cooling over 7,000 homes, and taking nearly 3,200 cars off the road each year.”

Changing over to LED lighting is being carried out as part of the Light Years Ahead project, which is run by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).

Altogether some 13,000 street lights will be changed in nine Western Sydney local government areas – Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

WSROC President, Councillor Tony Hadchiti says the project will bring many benefits to councils and residents.

“This is the biggest street lighting replacement project NSW has ever seen. We have 126,955 street lights in our nine councils,” Councillor Hadchiti said.

“Public lighting costs millions of dollars each year, with street lighting dominating 55% of our councils’ energy costs.

“We hope this project is the start of future upgrades, so we can continue the great work we’ve started.”

This project received funding from the Australian Government.

 

Light Years Ahead Project - Background information

  • 2,250 mercury vapour lights to be changed across Blacktown
  • New developments are already using LED lighting.
  • Lights will be changed in 22 suburbs: Arndell Park, Blacktown, Doonside, Eastern Creek, Emerton, Huntingwood, Kings Langley, Lalor Park, Lethbridge Park, Mount Druitt, Minchinbury, Prospect, Quakers Hill, Riverstone, Rouse Hill, Schofields, Seven Hills, Shalvey, Tregear, Vineyard, Willmot, and Whalan.
  • WSROC’s Light Years Ahead project will replace approximately 13,000 street lights in nine Western Sydney local government areas – Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.
  • Installation has begun and will continue to March 2016, with the roll out staggered across the nine councils.

Media Contacts:

WSROC:

Media Team

Nicole Miller, Media and Communications Officer (Projects) - 0408 473 118, (02) 9671 4333 Ext 107 

Blacktown City Council:

Communications Unit, Blacktown City Council

Alan Gale – (02) 9839 6409

Kate Jones - (02) 9839 6439

 

Related content:

Light Years Ahead project website (opens external site)

Light Years Ahead project page on WSROC website

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