Singleton’s residential streets are getting more energy-efficient with Singleton Council investing in Ausgrid’s plan to accelerate the replacement of streetlights with new, more reliable LEDs.
The replacement of 989 Ausgrid-owned lights on residential roads will occur over three years, beginning in 2019/2020. The cost will be $160,986 per year.
However, in simple payback terms, the project is expected to pay for itself within six years.
Peter McMurray, Council’s Manager Infrastructure Strategy Planning and Programming said the project was a win-win because it supported Council’s ongoing improvements to financial management, as well as reducing our environmental footprint and commitment to sustainability.
The LED lights were also more effective by delivering higher quality white light to improve better transport connectivity, security and wellbeing outcomes for the community.
“Based on current costs, Council has calculated energy cost savings are expected to be $38,671 per year and annual maintenance cost savings $13,621 per year, which is a significant saving to Council’s budget,” he said.
“The new LEDs will also cut Council’s long-term costs of street lighting and reduce exposure to higher energy prices in the future, so we will feel the benefits of this program long after it has paid for itself within six years.
“But perhaps most importantly, the energy efficiencies of LEDs will deliver a 76% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the lights being replaced over the next 10 years.
“The people of Singleton have a high commitment to environmentally sustainability, and this is another way Council is acting on our community’s desire to reduce our impact.”