News - 20 April 2016
The LED street light installation component of this project is now complete. Read more in our media release including final installation statistics.
Residents of Western Sydney are among the first in Australia to benefit from new energy efficient street lighting, under WSROC's “Western Sydney - Light Years Ahead” project.
The project replaced approximately 15,000 high emission mercury vapour street lights with low emission LED (or equivalent) lights. The project was accompanied by community engagement and education program to ensure energy savings were not only delivered through the street lighting upgrade, but also through Western Sydney residents' initiatives.
What the project achieved
Light Years Ahead will deliver major savings for local residents of these councils, with an estimated savings in energy costs of around $1.08 million a year for councils and an estimated saving in energy efficiency of up to 60 per cent.
Public street-lighting accounts for 55 per cent of WSROC councils’ energy costs and around 5 per cent of total budget expenditure. The long term savings will be significant and will be of great relief for the Western Sydney region.
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.
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. Following the initial roll out of the project, councils have indicated that they are prepared to consider re-investing those savings in continuing the rollout on an ongoing basis.
Nine Western Sydney councils participated in the project:
- Blue Mountains
- The Hills Shire Council
The project was coordinated and managed through WSROC.
A total of $5.3 million will be contributed by the Australian Government, with a co-contribution of $2.6 million by participating Western Sydney councils.
This project ran between late 2014 and May 2016.
This activity received funding from the Australian Government.
Media coverage highlights
Women LED-ing the Way for energy efficiency (1 Million Women, 06.01.16)
WSROC launches $7.8m project to replace over 10% of Sydney’s street lights with LEDs (Lighting News, 26.05.15)
'Green' light bulb moment for councils installing LED street lights (Sydney Morning Herald, 21.05.15)
LEDs to light up Western Sydney streets (Sustainability Matters, 19.05.15)