Shoalhaven City Council is working in partnership with Endeavour Energy to upgrade many of the region's residential streetlights to a more sustainable solution.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said Council is responsible for the provision and operating costs of street lighting, however, Endeavour Energy own and maintain our streetlights.
"Council is taking the next step to achieve its net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050 by taking advantage of grant funding by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) to assist Council to make the energy-efficient switch to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting." Mayor Amanda Findley said.
"Council was advised by the NSW DPIE of funding available to help Councils make the switch to energy-efficient LED streetlights.
“There are currently 10,958 streetlights throughout the Shoalhaven, of which Council has agreed to accept financial assistance to replace 4,231 of them with 17-watt LEDs.
“Once the upgrade is complete in mid-2020, 55 percent of Council’s street lighting will be energy-efficient LEDs. This is estimated to save $235,000 annually in Council’s street lighting charges.” Clr Findley said.
Endeavour Energy’s General Manager Customer and Assets Ty Christopher said the success of the rollout was due to the strong collaboration between Endeavour Energy, Shoalhaven City Council and the NSW Government.
“Shoalhaven City Council is one of nine local governments within our network where Endeavour Energy is accelerating the rollout of LEDs,” Mr Christopher said.
“This rollout is a win for everyone as the new LED lamps are more energy efficient, easier to maintain and last longer.
“Shoalhaven City Council and local ratepayers will benefit from; reduced energy consumption and lower electricity bills for streetlighting, decreased maintenance costs as the LEDs have a longer life and need less maintenance and, better sustainability and lower carbon emissions while maintaining the quality of public lighting to keep motorists and the community safe.” Mr Christopher said.
Councillor Findley further notes that “The new street lighting upgrade is consistent with Council’s adopted Sustainable Energy Policy and will take the region one step closer to achieving our greenhouse gas emissions target, saving approximately 1,313 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year.” Clr Findley said.
The rollout will begin this month and continue through to May 2020 with minimal disruption to residents and motorists. Keep updated on the project through Council’s website.