Friday, 29 July 2016 14:52

Lighting the way

Light Years Ahead: Bringing energy efficient street lighting to Western Sydney - case study Light Years Ahead: Bringing energy efficient street lighting to Western Sydney - case study

The Light Years Ahead project has officially wrapped up. The case study Bringing Energy Efficient Street Lighting to Western Sydney (link below) provides a brief overview of the project, which was one of Western Sydney’s largest energy efficiency programs. WSROC hopes this will inspire similar projects across Australia.

 

The outcomes
The project replaced 14,491 high emission 80W mercury vapour street lights with energy efficient LED lighting across 136 suburbs. This was a major increase from the initial target of 12,770 lights and was achieved through successful negotiations with Endeavour Energy.

The project was delivered on time and on budget and achieved:

 

  • 77% reduction in electricity costs
  • $19.4 million in energy savings for the nine councils over 20 years (life of the light)
  • 91,000 tonnes estimated reduction in emissions over 20 years (life of the light)
  • A coordinated regional approach resulted in greater efficiencies in scale and delivery
  • A positive community response
  • A good practice model for future initiatives

 

Collaboration

This project was a great collaboration between many parties and is a testament of what can be achieved when councils band together. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all stakeholders for their continued support throughout the course of the project. The input and guidance we received has been invaluable.

 

The future

While the Light Years Ahead project has now come to completion, WSROC sees this is just the beginning. We hope the success of the project will provide a launch pad for further energy efficiency programs across the region. WSROC is already on track for a continuation of the Light Years Ahead project and we are in conversations with several councils regarding opportunities for further energy efficiency programs.

 

The Light Years Ahead final project report is available here.

 

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