As part of a campaign to cut electricity costs and reduce emissions, the City of Marion will replace 8,525 street lights with LED energy-efficient globes. The initiative is expected to cut energy use by 80 per cent, saving ratepayers about $10 million over the project’s 20-year span.
The street light replacement program was part of the City of Marion’s commitment to the environment. Street lighting is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by local government in Australia. Switching to LED lighting will save ratepayers’ money, will help to protect the environment and will improve visibility on roads and footpaths. Further more, it will help to reduce carbon emissions by more than 1,300 tonnes per year.
The installation is expected to be completed by 2021.
Marion Council will also benefit from selling up to $11,000 worth of carbon credits each year as a result of replacing the old and energy inefficient street lights.
Older 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.
If you like to find out more information on the LED Street Lighting replacement rollout please read the LED Street Lighting Upgrade Program Fact Sheet.
To find out when the lighting will be replaced in your area please download the Project Progress Report here.