Surf Coast targets street light efficiency

Environment Pillar

Surf Coast Shire is taking an environmental lead aiming to convert all of its 3344 street lights to LED, starting with 480 in parts of Torquay and Jan Juc.

The first stage of the rollout will reduce energy use by up to 80 per cent and provide better lighting for residents and visitors.

The council’s 2017-18 Budget includes a further allocation of $228,000 for about 500 more replacements.

Mayor Brian McKiterick said the project was good for the environment as well as energy bills.

“Once installed the LEDs will pay for themselves in about five years, so it’s a sensible and environmentally responsible investment,” Cr McKiterick said.

Replacing inefficient street lights with LEDs across G21 region is a G21 environment pillar project aiming to reduce carbon footprint, provide energy efficiency leadership, enhance smart city innovation and reduce long-term costs.

Replacement of about 8000 of the region’s 19,000+ street lights has potential to save $10 million in energy and maintenance over the 20-year life of the lights.

Colac Otway Shire has already upgraded many of its street lights as part of the Great South Coast Street Smart Lighting Project and the City of Greater Geelong has upgraded lights in central Ocean Grove.

Surf Coast Shire Renewable Energy Taskforce member Cr Margot Smith said the ongoing conversion was one of its key projects.

“It’s part of our Towards Environmental Leadership program and is a demonstration of council’s commitment to reducing energy consumption,” Cr Smith said.

“We encourage other organisations and the broader community to look at what practical steps they can take to reduce their own energy usage.”

Taskforce member Cr Libby Coker said preserving and enhancing the natural environment was a focus area in the council plan.

“Our goal is for the community to lead the state in the uptake of renewable energy,” Cr Coker said.

Source: Surf Coast Shire media release.