6 August 2013 — The City of Sydney’s LED light upgrades have saved over $300,000 and cut energy use by more than 25 per cent in the past 16 months, Lord Mayor Clover Moore has said.
And the NSW government is following suit, announcing on Monday a grid-wide roll-out of LED lighting across 41 councils, with Energy Minister Chris Hartcher saying it will save councils millions.
The City of Sydney has installed more than 2600 LED lights since March 2012 as part of a three-year roll-out to replace 6448 conventional lights.
“Since beginning our LED roll out in March last year, the City has saved $295,102 in public domain lighting costs, and $33,540 in maintenance fees,” Ms Moore said.
“LED lights have already cut energy consumption by our street and park lights by 27.6 per cent and stopped 1547 tonnes of carbon emissions from going into the atmosphere.
“This saving benefits the City financially, but it also helps make Sydney a cleaner, greener place for all.”
The City is one of the largest users of street lighting in NSW, with 22,000 lights operating in parks and along streets. It is responsible for 8500 of these while Ausgrid maintains the remaining 13,500.
Ms Moore said the LED roll-out would on completion save up to $800,000 a year in electricity bills and maintenance costs, and reduce carbon emissions by over 40 per cent.
The NSW Government has supported the City’s work, with network operator Ausgrid yesterday announcing a grid-wide roll-out of LED lighting across 41 councils in Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter.
Under the proposal, about 10,000 LED streetlights would be installed each year.
“When a standard light on a suburban street breaks, it will be replaced with a super efficient LED,” said Ausgrid’s Paul Myors.