Tuesday, 07 July 2015 11:48

Parramatta City Council switches on the (LED) lights

Endeavour Energy installer in action Endeavour Energy installer in action Credit:Endeavour Energy

Nine Western Sydney councils, including Parramatta City Council, have joined forces to reduce energy costs and consumption by replacing old and inefficient street lights as part of the biggest street lighting replacement project in NSW.

The Light Years Ahead project is the brainchild of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) which have brought together nine of their member councils to participate.

The project will see approximately 13,000 street lights replaced with LED lighting in nine local government areas: Parramatta, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool, and Penrith.

Inefficient, old mercury vapour lights will be removed and new energy efficient LED lights installed. LEDs are cheaper and more sustainable to run and its estimated councils will save $21 million over 20 years at current electricity prices.

The $7.8 million dollar project, part funded by the Federal Government, began in June 2014 and is expected to be completed by May 2016.

Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Scott Lloyd said it is estimated that the project will save Council more than $1 million and more than 5,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

“As part of the project, Council will replace more than 920 lights (more than seven per cent of the total lights) across sixteen suburbs,” Cr Lloyd said.

“The emissions savings are equivalent to lighting more than 6,200 Australian homes, heating and cooling more than 2,500 homes, and taking more than 1,100 cars off the road each year.

“The project will also encourage residents to review their own energy practices and consumption.”

Cr Lloyd said Light Years Ahead is just one of the many sustainability initiatives being delivered by Council.

“Currently Council purchases 100 per cent Green Power for all building assets and 10 per cent Green power for Street Lighting, and we recently upgraded the energy efficiency at our four multi-level CBD car parks.

“Car park works included converting to LED lighting with light and motion sensors, power factor correction and voltage reduction. As a result, energy consumption has decreased by an average of 30 to 50 per cent across these sites.

“Council has also improved energy efficiency at the Riverside Theatres through a combination of lighting upgrades, solar hot water and replacement of the HVAC system which will be operational by late August 2015.

“Funding for the works at Riverside has been made possible through a Commonwealth Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) grant.”

WSROC President, Cr Tony Hadchiti said the Light Years Ahead project will bring many benefits to councils and residents.

“Public lighting costs millions of dollars each year, with street lighting accounting for 55 per cent of our councils’ energy costs. So anything councils can do to reduce costs allows us to redirect funding to other projects, 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 more than 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.”

The Light Years Ahead project will be officially launched at the Rydalmere Regional Operations Centre on Thursday 9 July with demonstrations of the new lights and an opportunity to take photos with an LED street light. WSROC and Council staff will be on hand to answer questions.

An event kit will travel to community information events across Western Sydney from June. WSROC and council staff will also share energy saving tips with residents, which can also be found on the project website, www.lightyearsahead.com.au.

LIGHT YEARS AHEAD MEDIA LAUNCH

WHEN: Thursday 9 July 2015

TIME: 11am-12.15pm

WHERE: Civic Room - Ground Floor, Rydalmere Regional Operations Centre (Parramatta City Council owned building), 316 Victoria Road, Rydalmere (located at rear of Bunnings site)

WHO: Deputy Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Steven Issa, WSROC President, Cr Tony Hadchiti, Dr Geoff Lee MP, State Member for Parramatta, Julie Owens MP, Member for Parramatta.

There will be demonstrations of the new lights and an opportunity to take photos with an LED street light.

Project Statistics - overarching

  • Over 20 years the project will:
  • Reduce street light energy consumption by 77 per cent through the new street lights
  • Reduce council energy costs by approximately $21 million at current electricity prices
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 74,000 tonnes

Project Statistics – for Parramatta City Council

Parramatta City Council will:

  • Replace over 920 mercury vapour lights in 16 suburbs street lights with LEDs (over 7% of the total lights in Parramatta LGA)
  • Reduce council energy costs by over $1 million at current electricity prices
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 5,020 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions which is equivalent to lighting over 6,200 Australian homes, heating and cooling over 2,500 homes, and taking more than 1,100 cars off the road each year.

Parramatta suburbs involved

Carlingford, Constitution Hill, Dundas Valley, Epping, Ermington, Granville, Melrose Park, Merrylands, Northmead, North Parramatta, Old Toongabbie, Parramatta, Pendle Hill, Rydalmere, Toongabbie, Wentworthville.

About Light Years Ahead

The Light Years Ahead project is an initiative of nine local councils in Western Sydney – Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, the Hills Shire, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith councils. The project is coordinated by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). This project received funding from the Australian Government.

Resources

For more information visit www.lightyearsahead.com.au. Subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter for updates - http://eepurl.com/4B0yj. For images, fact sheets and media kits contact Nicole Miller (details below).

About WSROC

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) represents 10 local councils in Western Sydney and provides a strong voice for the residents of Western Sydney to improve their quality of life. WSROC manages a number of projects, which are either funded jointly by its members or from external sources.

Disclaimer

The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.

WSROC Media Enquiries and Event Contact

Nicole Miller, WSROC Media and Communications Officer (Projects), 0408 473 118, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WSROC Spokesperson

Cr Tony Hadchiti, WSROC President, 0433 330 554

Parramatta Spokesperson

To arrange an interview with the Lord Mayor of Parramatta

Parramatta City Council Media Contacts

Parramatta City Council Media Advisor - Alice Coote, 02 9806 5803, 0427 905 885, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parramatta City Council Media and Communications Advisor - Terry Aylett, 02 9806 5056, 0409 712 815, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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