Bulk LED lighting works to begin

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Energy consumption will be slashed, and operational costs cut, when Greater Geelong’s streetlights are replaced with light emitting diodes (LED) lighting.

The Council is committed to converting about 25,000 streetlights to energy-efficient LED lighting and installing smart control technology, with the first phase of the project to deliver about 15,000 light fittings and smart control devices.

The smart control device will enable remote adjustment of the lighting output and create a platform for additional smart city infrastructure to be added.

The total project will reduce energy consumption by more than 60 per cent, provide operational cost savings and improve public security, road safety, lighting service and asset management.

Council last night voted to award a $4.94 million tender for the supply of materials for the first phase of the project to Schreder Australia Pty Ltd.

The full rollout of the project, which is one of the largest streetlight upgrade programs in Victoria, is expected to begin in October and take about two years.

It will address a key priority of the Council Plan 2018-2022, which is to educate the community to act on climate change by reducing waste, emissions and water usage.

The project is estimated to reduce community emissions by 8664 tonnes of C02e.

Supporting a reduction in carbon emissions is a key priority in the City’s Sustainability Action Plan 2020-2022, which was adopted by Council this week.

The bulk streetlight conversion program follows the City’s Zero Carbon Buildings Program, which has delivered LED lighting upgrades at a range of the City’s sport, recreation and culture facilities.

These include Leisurelink Aquatic & Recreation Centre, Bellarine Aquatic & Sports Centre, The Arena, National Wool Museum and Leisuretime Sports Precinct.

The City has also taken the Victorian Government’s TAKE2 climate change pledge, which aims to help keep global temperature rise to under two degrees.

Mayor Stephanie Asher

The LED lighting initiative will provide a wide range of environmental, economic and social benefits. It will substantially cut our energy costs, carbon emissions and maintenance needs, while making people feel safer in our public areas at night. The smart control technology opens up a range of options for more clever and creative uses of lighting in our public spaces.

Cr Anthony Aitken, Chair, Finance portfolio

This project will reduce our energy consumption by more than 60 per cent, which is a huge amount. It reflects our commitment to reducing carbon emissions and the Sustainability Action Plan. I’m really proud of Council’s investment and the return the community will receive. This significant investment of $4.94 million isn't just about reducing our carbon footprint, it introduces unique technology to Geelong. Council will be able to remotely control the streetlights; let’s say it will be like a dimmer switch for our streetlights in Geelong.

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