G21 Energy Efficient Streetlights LED Upgrade

Environment Pillar

Project Aim

This collaborative project would see existing inefficient streetlights replaced with energy efficient lights across the entire G21 region.

The new streetlights reduce energy usage by up to 80%, reduce maintenance costs by 70% and provide better lighting outcomes for the community. These include:

  • a reduced carbon footprint
  • the opportunity to progress ‘smart city’ innovation
  • becoming a role model for greater energy efficiency community uptake
  • savings in maintenance and operating costs.

This significant infrastructure upgrade and renewal project would see the replacement of approximately 8,000 of the regions 19,000+ streetlights and has the potential to save $10 million in energy and maintenance over the 20-year life of the lights.

The Colac Otway Shire has already upgraded many of its streetlights to energy efficient technology as part of the Great South Coast Street Smart Lighting Project. The success of this project prompts them to upgrade remaining street lights that did not originally qualify for funding and also share knowledge they developed in regards to project delivery.

What has been committed

Each G21 municipality has committed to funding 50% of Stage 1 costs as follows:

  Streetlights to be upgraded Stage 1 cost Stage 1 Council commitment
Borough of Queenscliffe 349 $64,000 $32,000
City of Greater Geelong 16,296 $3,000,000 $1,500,000
Colac Otway Shire 368 $68,000 $34,000
Golden Plains Shire 542 $100,000 $50,000
Surf Coast Shire 2,196 $400,000 $200,000
Total 19,751 $3,632,000 $1,816,000

What is required

As a significant infrastructure investment, funding is proposed in staged increments.

A Government commitment is required as follows:

  Streetlights to be upgraded Total upgrade cost Stage 1 funding ask
Borough of Queenscliffe 349 $160,000 $32,000
City of Greater Geelong 16,296 $7,500,000 $1,500,000
Colac Otway Shire 368 $170,000 $34,000
Golden Plains Shire 542 $250,000 $50,000
Surf Coast Shire 2,196 $1,000,000 $200,000
Total 19,751 $9,080,000 $1,816,000