of the largest street light upgrade programs in Victoria has begun in Greater
City and energy distribution company Powercor are replacing the first of about
15,000 residential street lights with LED luminaires.
LED luminaires, including new smart PE cells, are about 85 per cent more energy
efficient than the existing mercury vapour lights.
will provide higher quality and better directed lighting, with a greater spread
across and along the street.
inclusion of smart control technology will enable remote adjustment of the
lighting output and deliver improvements to road safety, public amenity and
rollout is the first stage of an overall project that will convert all of
Greater Geelong’s 25,000-plus street lights to LED.
Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said significantly reducing carbon emissions was
a key feature of the City’s Sustainability Framework Action Plan 2020-2022.
municipality-wide upgrade will have significant impacts for our community, our
environment and the economy," Mayor Asher said.
huge reduction in energy consumption will see us save more than 8000 tonnes of
carbon emissions each year.
will allow us to redirect about $2 million annually, from the lower energy and
maintenance costs, into other public services.
will also provide better-targeted and higher quality lighting, making our
streets and public spaces safer."
in Australia by Sylvania Schréder, the lights are owned and maintained by
energy distribution business Powercor.
connects and manages 189,000 streetlights for the Victorian Department of
Transport and Victorian councils, including Greater Geelong.
program manager Barry Thebes said Powercor was pleased to be supporting the
City to deliver energy efficient lighting that would benefit the environment
and the community.
"By working closely with the Geelong Council
and the community, we are driving down carbon emissions and providing a cleaner
environment for the region," he said.
our crews have replaced these lights, the emission reductions that will be
delivered are about the same as taking more than 1700 cars off the road
rollout of the first stage started this week and will run for about a year.
works on main roads will begin once the residential lighting installation is
98 per cent of the material of the old lights – glass, mercury and aluminium -
will be recycled.
street light conversion program will play a key role in the City’s Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy.
Significantly reducing carbon emissions is a key feature of
the City's Sustainability Action Plan 2020-2022, which was adopted by Council last July.