Monday, 18 May 2015 16:15

Western Sydney councils see the (LED) light

LED street light LED street light Photo: Gerard Professional Solutions Pty Ltd.

Media Release, May 18, 2015

 

Nine Western Sydney councils have joined forces to reduce energy costs and consumption by replacing old and inefficient street lights in many of their suburbs.

WSROC’s Light Years Ahead project will replace approximately 13,000 street lights in nine Western Sydney local government areas. Old, inefficient mercury vapour lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights, which are cheaper and more sustainable to run. Councils will save an estimated $21 million over 20 years at current electricity prices. This project received funding from the Australian Government.

Installation of new lights will begin from June 2015, with the roll out staggered across the nine participating councils – Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

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

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

“Public lighting costs millions of dollars each year, with street lighting dominating 55% 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 over 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.”

“There are major benefits for this project – not just the cost savings to councils and residents. By reducing our collective energy consumption we are making a major reduction in our carbon footprint.”

These savings are significant and shows what councils can achieve when they work together,” Cllr Hadchiti said. “WSROC has shown that they can lead the way in ensuring both financial and environmental sustainability for our councils, especially in relation to the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future program.”

The Light Years Ahead project will be officially launched in Penrith on Friday 22 May 2015 with demonstrations of the new lights and an opportunity to take photos of Endeavour Energy trucks and crews installing an LED street light in a residential street. (Editor update: Wet weather cover has been triggered and the launch has been moved to Penrith City Council in the Passadena Room - more information below).

The Honourable Karen Andrews MP, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister for Industry and Science, and other Western Sydney VIPs are expected to attend.

Mayor of Penrith, Cllr Ross Fowler OAM, said, “This project shows Penrith and other Western Sydney councils’ commitment to working together on big issues affecting us all.”

“There is no bigger threat to our communities than climate change. Through this project Western Sydney will be saving 74,000 tonnes of CO2, which is the equivalent to taking 17,209 cars off the road each year.”

“Penrith first turned on its street lights 125 years ago. The next 125 years will show everyone our region is committed to ‘greener’ street lighting solutions.”

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

This $7.8 million dollar project began in June 2014 and is expected to be completed by May 2016.

 

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UPDATE - FRI 22 MAY 8:07AM 

**** WET WEATHER COVER HAS BEEN TRIGGERED. THE LAUNCH WILL NOW BE HELD IN PENRITH CITY COUNCIL, 601 HIGH ST, PENRITH IN THE PASSADENA ROOM. NEAREST PARKING - PENRITH WESTFIELD (FIRST 3 HRS FREE). START TIME STILL 11AM AND END TIME 12:15PM.****

MEDIA LAUNCH
Friday 22 May 2015
11:00am - 12:15pm
Venue: (WET WEATHER COVER) Passadena Room, Penrith City Council, 601 High St, Penrith, NSW, 2750
Event Contact: Nicole Miller, WSROC
Media and Communications Officer (Projects), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0408 473 118, 02 9671 4333 ext 107
Wet weather cover: Penrith City Council

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Project facts
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

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 Ltd. (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 on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0408 473 118, 02 9671 4333 ext 107.

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.

 

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Last updated: Fri 22 May 2015 8:07am (to update wet weather cover location for launch)

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