Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Penrith enters third phase of LED upgrade

Penrith City Council has partnered with Endeavour Energy to upgrade the LGA’s non-LED fitted residential streetlights with energy efficient LED fittings across as part of the ‘Lighting the Future Together’ program.

The changeover will see over 9,800 non-LED fitted streetlights across the LGA upgraded, which is expected to result in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across Penrith, the Council said today.

‘Lighting the Future Together’ is the third stage of Council’s ‘Light Years Ahead’ program, which first launched in 2015, with more than 140,000 streetlights in the Endeavour Energy network changed over to LED fittings since that time.

It was followed by further success in 2019, which saw Penrith City Council contribute $3.3 million in funding to upgrade 7,738 residential streetlights across Penrith.

Penrith Mayor, Tricia Hitchen said the streetlight upgrade forms part of Council’s plan to continue moving towards a more sustainable future.

“Streetlighting is responsible for almost half of the energy consumed by Council and presents a significant opportunity for energy efficient projects such as this one,” Mayor Hitchen said.

“We are proud of the long-term benefits the LED streetlights have provided for the community, including a significant reduction of 77% of our greenhouse gas emissions and an approximate annual energy saving of $148,000 since 2015. It is expected to save more than $13 million in energy costs over the next 20 years,” she said.

Penrith’s current streetlight network consists of 20,619 luminaires where 9,808 are still fitted with non-LED fittings. This program will see those remaining lights changed to LED lights over the next few months.

The upgrade to a full LED streetlighting network is expected to save a total of 3,424,623 kWh per annum, equating to 2,774 tonnes of carbon dioxide reduced across the community.

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