Work to upgrade more than 5,000 street lights to new energy efficient LED technology across the Port Macquarie-Hastings is underway, and on track for completion by March 2018.
The LED upgrade will save Council and the community approximately $320,000 per year in maintenance and electricity costs, and result in a reduction in power usage of around 410,000 kWh per year.
Council is committed to becoming a more sustainable organisation, and the LED upgrade is one of the early initiatives outlined in our Long Term Energy Strategy7MB pdf(PDF, 7MB), aiming to create energy and operational efficiencies in the coming years. Local street lighting costs around $1.6 million each year, and the upgrade will go a long way to reducing this cost and provide significant long term savings as LED’s are far more efficient, require less maintenance and use far less power.
Council has invested $2 million to complete the bulk upgrade, and costs are expected to be recouped within a period of less than five years. It is estimated that Council will save around 31% on maintenance costs, and experience ongoing energy savings of around 61% compared to traditional lighting technology.
Significant housing development across the region will see an increase in lighting infrastructure being added to the already extensive network, and the new LED installations are expected to present ongoing savings in this area. There are approximately 7,400 street lights currently in use across the region, leaving around 2,400 lights servicing areas such as main roads and town centres that are currently being considered as part of a future upgrade program.
Essential Energy owns and maintains street lighting on behalf of Council and is supporting this roll-out.
This page was last updated on: 23 September 2020