The Lighting the Regions street light changeover project has just commenced in Swan Hill, which means better, brighter and more energy efficient street lights for the local region.
Sixteen local governments across north, west and central Victoria have formed the Lighting the Regions project partnership to implement what will be one of the largest street lighting partnerships in Australia. The project will replace up to 23,000 street lights from the old mercury vapour style street lighting to more energy efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). The project will also reduce energy consumption, saving up to 180,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases and provide regional communities with savings of more than $57M over 20 years in energy costs.
The Swan Hill region will be the second region to have their lights changed, following the successful changeover in Daylesford and the Hepburn shire.
The changeover will benefit a vast area – including the townships of Lake Boga, Chillingollah, Swan Hill, Nyah, Manangatang and Robinvale.
Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Michael Adamson said the project was full of positives for Council, the community and the environment.
“Ultimately, changing these streetlights to LEDs will save Council money on our energy bills and in ongoing maintenance, and it will reduce Council’s energy consumption. And the collaborative approach, working with 15 other councils, means we are doing this project even more efficiently,” he said.
Cr Adamson said he hoped the project would encourage other organisations and even local residents to make changes.
“While this project is on a grand scale, it demonstrates to our communities that making changes to the types of lights they use in their homes and businesses can save both energy and cost,” he said.
Powercor is the Distribution Network Service Provider for the Lighting the Regions project and maintains and operates the street lighting infrastructure on behalf of the local government partners.
The changeover in the Swan Hill region of up to 1,565 older style mercury street lights to the new LED lights commenced on the 19th November and Powercor expects to have the changeover completed by the end of the month. Two Powercor crews will be changing the lights during this period.
This collaborative project partnership will yield significant economic and environmental project benefits for the 16 local government Councils involved in the project, and will pull together the expertise, resourcing and financial resources required to take energy efficiency action together with their communities.
This $11.6M project, which covers nearly half of regional Victoria, includes $5M of funding from the Australian Government and will run until June 2016. The Wimmera Mallee Sustainability Alliance and Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance have been instrumental in establishing the partnership.
The local government partners in the project are: Swan Hill, City of Greater Bendigo, Central Goldfields, Hepburn, Pyrenees, Loddon, Gannawarra, Mount Alexander, Buloke, Ararat, Northern Grampians, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Yarriambiack, West Wimmera and Mildura.