CLARENCE City Council has taken steps to become more energy efficient with the installation of 2,400 new LED streetlights across the municipality.
The installation formed part of the Great Southern Lights project – a collaboration between six councils, the Local Government Association of Tasmania and TasNetworks that will see streetlights changed over to 14 Watt LEDs.
The six participating councils in the Great Southern Lights project included Clarence, Kingborough, Brighton, Tasman, Sorell and the Central Coast.
Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said replacing the outdated and inefficient street lighting would deliver significant financial and environmental returns for the council.
“Street lighting is our single largest source of greenhouse emissions and is a significant proportion of council’s overall operating budget,” he said.
“LEDs use up to 82 per cent less energy than the existing streetlights, require significantly less maintenance and improve public amenity.
“Across the six councils, it is estimated that 420 tonnes of carbon dioxide will be saved per year, which is equivalent to removing 3,600 cars from the roads over 20 years.
“The roll out of these new energy efficient lights aligns with our vision to become a creative and innovative city and will go a long way in enhancing the quality of life in our community, helping us deliver an essential service at a much lower cost.”
Mayor Chipman said investing in local infrastructure had never been more important.
“This LED streetlight rollout is just one example of how council is, and will remain, committed to investing in infrastructure and our community, ensuring the economy remains stable during this difficult and uncertain time,” he said.
The installation of the new LED lights will be completed by the end of June.
For more information, visit www.ccc.tas.gov.au or phone 6217 9500.
Caption: ETS Electrical Services linesmen Matt Connelly, left, and Matt Muir undertaking the LED streetlight rollout across Clarence.