We're currently replacing 11,500 Brimbank street lights and there's a very good reason why.
It will save money.
How much? Only about $500,000 in electricity and maintenance bills each year! The upgraded LED lights (seen at right) will last longer and require less maintenance.
Cost savings achieved through replacing the street lights will be redirected into other Council services and programs.
Not only that, the new lights will deliver significant energy savings - about 4,400 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. That's the same as taking 20,500 cars off the road! This significantly contributes to our corporate greenhouse emissions reduction target of 50% by 2023.
The program is a great example of how we're leading the way as Victoria’s 2014 Sustainable City of the Year.
Stage One (completed in 2014) sees residents in Taylors Lakes, Sydenham, Kings Park, Delahey, Keilor, Keilor Park, and Keilor Downs now benefiting from the improved street lighting.
At the moment we're implementing Stage 2 of the energy efficient LED street light upgrades. Over 3,700 street lights will be upgraded across Albion, Ardeer, Brooklyn, Deer Park, Derrimut, Sunshine, Sunshine North, and Sunshine West by June 2015.
Stage three is to be rolled out in the 2015-16 financial year.
Council received $2.7 million in Australian Government funding for the street lighting upgrade project, and residential street lights are being progressively switched to more energy efficient models.
Brimbank is leading the way with residential energy efficient street lighting upgrades, and has now been joined by western metropolitan local government authorities – Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham City Councils.
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