Lighting partnership to deliver sustainable savings for Lake Macquarie

Date posted: 17 October 2018

Ausgrid and Lake Macquarie City Council have partnered in a joint project to upgrade more than five thousand streetlights to more efficient LED lamps.

It is part of a wider program where Ausgrid has offered 33 councils the option to accelerate the replacement of 100,000 older residential streetlights across our network.

Chief Operating Officer Trevor Armstrong said 5,609 streetlights within the Lake Macquarie City Council area will be switched to LED lamps.

“Our accelerated replacement of streetlights with LEDs is the first of its kind and Ausgrid is proud to be playing a leading role in this area.

“I’m delighted we will be working together with Lake Macquarie City Council on this important initiative.

“These new LEDs are more energy efficient, easier to maintain and will last up to 20 years. It can take up to 95 watts to power older streetlights whereas the new LEDs use just 17 watts.

“We know that streetlights are an important part of making our community safer and residents have told us they prefer the lighting quality and colour of LEDs”, Mr Armstrong said.

The project will lower Council’s carbon emissions by 1600 tonnes a year and will also provide an annual energy saving of 1500 MWh.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said the LED rollout will reduce Lake Macquarie’s street lighting energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent while reducing electricity and maintenance costs.

“We are excited to work closely with Ausgrid to achieve a successful roll out of this program and to progress to a full LED upgrade over the coming years,” Cr Fraser said.

“This project will help us on the road to reduce our City’s greenhouse gas emissions and reach our environmental targets”, she said.

Work to replace the streetlights in Lake Macquarie will begin in January 2019.

Ausgrid maintains 250,000 streetlights on behalf of councils in parts of Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter and we are continuing talks with other local councils about extending the accelerated rollout of LEDs.

Page last updated: 17 October 2018