The City of Charles Sturt, in partnership with SA Power Networks and their subsidiary company Enerven is delivering the bulk lamp replacement of street lights across the City.
Over 9,800 old and inefficient street lights will be replaced with new LED lighting. The roll out will take up to 3 years to complete with an anticipated budget of over $3 million. Old street lights removed will be recycled responsibly by Enerven’s contractor Toxfree to prevent heavy metal (i.e. mercury) and other hazardous substances entering landfill.
The initiative is expected to cut Council street light energy and maintenance costs by up to 75 per cent, saving ratepayers almost $13 million over the project’s 20-year span.
Switching to LED lighting will save ratepayers’ money, help protect the environment and will improve visibility on roads and footpaths. During the roll out Council will also be considering how best to respond to community requests for lighting as well as tackling lighting needs in priority areas around the City.
Street lighting is also the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by local government in Australia and this project will see carbon emissions reduced by more than 1,600 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year. Charles Sturt, Marion and Mitcham Councils have also joined forces to become the first local government consortium in Australia to benefit from the creation and sale of Australian Carbon Credits from LED street lighting. Replacing the old and inefficient street lights will result in Council generating and selling up to $12,000 worth of carbon credits each year.
If you like more information on the LED Street Lighting replacement rollout please read the LED Street Lighting Upgrade Program Fact Sheet.
Please download the project progress report here, to find out when the project will be starting in your area.