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West wins Green Globe Award for energy efficiency Featured

WSROC staff accepting the Green Globe Award (left to right): Awards Judge Robin Mellon, Light Years Ahead Project Coordinator Judith Bruinsma, Light Years Ahead Project Manager Michelle Playford. WSROC staff accepting the Green Globe Award (left to right): Awards Judge Robin Mellon, Light Years Ahead Project Coordinator Judith Bruinsma, Light Years Ahead Project Manager Michelle Playford.

Media release, 20 October, 2017

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has picked up a Green Globe Award for its energy-saving street light project, Light Years Ahead.

One of Sydney’s largest energy-reduction projects, Light Years Ahead saw nine local councils come together to replace old mercury vapour street lights with energy efficient LED lights across 136 Western Sydney suburbs.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Rising energy costs are being felt by organisations as well as households, and councils are no exception.

“Street lighting accounts for around 55 percent of council power bills, so it was the obvious place to start looking for savings,” he said.

“It quickly became clear that by upgrading street lights, councils would not only save on energy and maintenance bills, but contribute to more environmentally sustainable and resilient communities.

“Between 2014 – 2015, almost 15,000 mercury vapour street lights were upgraded to highly efficient LEDs,” said Cr Bali.

“The upgrades are expected to save councils and their rate payers $20 million in energy bills and prevent 91,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions over the next 20 years.

“This project really was a no-brainer. The new lights use 77 percent less energy, require less maintenance and have a much longer life span – this means less money spent on lighting and more money available for community services and further infrastructure upgrades,” said Cr Bali.

“The community response to this program has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Councils are currently working on a second iteration of the program, that will look at ways to build more efficient, greener communities and future proof our region,” said Cr Bali.

Light Years Ahead was managed by WSROC and jointly funded by the Australian Government and nine Western Sydney councils.

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