Monday, 04 December 2017 14:11

Light Years Ahead is back with more energy savings Featured

Left to right: Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta; Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson, City of Parramatta; Peter Wilson, Endeavour Energy; and WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali at site of LED light installation in City of Parramatta. Left to right: Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta; Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson, City of Parramatta; Peter Wilson, Endeavour Energy; and WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali at site of LED light installation in City of Parramatta.

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (WSROC) award winning[1] Light Years Ahead initiative is back and it’s bigger and brighter than ever.

WSROC President, Cr Stephen Bali said “The first round of the Light Years Ahead program saw almost 15,000 energy-guzzling street lights replaced with efficient LED technology – rewarding councils with savings of $20 million and 91,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over 20 years2.

“With such clear benefits for both communities and the environment, Western Sydney was keen to build on this success by offering a second round of the program.

“The 2017 Light Years Ahead energy efficiency initiative, has been expanded to include a broad range of energy-saving upgrades such as street lighting, solar panels, battery storage, HVAC systems and more,” he said.

“Street lighting accounts for around 55 per cent of council energy bills, so it is the biggest target for reducing energy consumption.

“However, there are many other ways for councils to improve their efficiency, and the second round of Light Years Ahead allows for these,” said Cr Bali.

“Every dollar councils can save through energy efficient upgrades is a dollar that can be spent on improving services and amenity for the community.”

“City of Parramatta will be the first project to kick off, replacing 6,000 residential street lights with efficient LED technology,” said Cr Bali.

Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Andrew Wilson said “This is an important initiative that delivers real benefits in terms of cost savings and reduced energy emissions, and I am pleased that City of Parramatta is leading the way as the first council to commit to the next phase of the project.”

“The up-front investment of $2.65 million from Council is expected to reduce energy consumption by 36,000 megawatt hours and bring cost savings of $5.4 million over the 20-year life of the lights, so it will deliver very real benefits to the entire community,” said Cr Wilson.

Cr Bali said “City of Parramatta’s investment is the first of many projects to come. WSROC is working with a number of other councils to identify where the best investments in energy efficiency can be made.

“Local governments across NSW are looking to reduce their energy bills, and make a positive impact on the environment, which is why Light Years Ahead will be open to councils outside Western Sydney for the first time.

“We welcome any council who wants to get involved – the more councils participating, the better the savings for everyone,” said Cr Bali.

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[1] Light Years Ahead has won a 2016 Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Award and a 2017 Green Globe Award for resource efficiency.

[2] 20 years is the life of the light.

 

Further information:

City of Parramatta website - Street light upgrades 

Light Years Ahead website (lightyearsahead.com.au) 

 

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