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
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
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
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.