Work to upgrade more than 4,900 streetlights in Orange to energy efficient technology has began as part of a major energy efficiency project that will save hundreds of thousands in electricity bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the ratepayers of Orange City Council.
Orange City Council is part of the Southern Lights NSW project which will see over 75,000 LED streetlights deployed in 41 Local Government Areas across Southern NSW from Bega to Broken Hill.
The switch to LED technology will see a 1,240 MWh reduction per year in power use, delivering savings of $485,000 each year in maintenance and electricity costs.
Orange Mayor Reg said Orange City Council was committed to becoming more sustainable, and the LED upgrade is just one initiative in Council’s strategies to achieve energy and operational efficiencies.
“Street-lighting is a significant expense for Council, costing around $1.3M each year, and with more than 4,900 streetlights across Council’s footprint, the upgrade will go a long way to reducing costs and providing significant long-term savings,” Cr Reg Kidd said.
“LEDs are far more energy efficient, require less maintenance and have a significantly longer life. Council is investing $2.5M to complete the bulk upgrade, with the costs expected to be recouped within a period of 5 years.”
The project will be delivered over 2 phases, with the initial installation of more than 3,400 lights now under way, with a further 1,500 to be installed once additional smart enabled LEDs become available.
Essential Energy streetlight manager Waide Elliott said the organisation continues to work closely with Councils across its distribution area and is committed to providing information and services that are appropriate to Councils’ needs and those of the communities they serve.
“Essential Energy is responsible for the maintenance and billing of more than 160,000 streetlights serving more than 86 councils across New South Wales and parts of Southern Queensland,” Mr Elliott said.
“Public lighting plays an important role in providing safe, secure and attractive public areas for both pedestrians and motorists. It also represents between 25 and 70 per cent of any individual local government’s corporate energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
“The new LED street-lighting for Orange City Council will not only provide a more reliable, better quality lighting service, but also delivers savings of more than 60 per cent in energy consumption.
“This type of light also provides future potential for other ‘smart’ applications to be added and will allow Essential Energy to more effectively manage the streetlight network and respond more promptly to potential outages,” Mr Elliott said.
Residents can check the progress of the LED roll out in the neighbourhood in this map produced by Essential Energy .