Wodonga sets a shining example on energy efficiency with streetlight program

Wodonga Council took the first steps towards a cleaner and greener street light network with the decision to purchase more than 2000 LED streetlights at its December council meeting.

The council allocated $1.2 million in the 2016-2017 budget for the LED replacement program following a resolution at its March meeting to proceed with the project.

The installation is due to proceed in April next year.

The lights and hardware, worth $600,000 will contribute to a savings of 773 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year – equivalent to removing 570 cars from the road each year for 20 years - and cost savings of about $3 million over the life of the assets. It is projected the program will have paid for itself within six years.

Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said the council was leading the way in reducing greenhouse emissions and energy efficiency measures which reduced operating expenses.

“This project is the single largest project the council can participate in to reduce electricity costs and is line with what our community told us it wanted in a cleaner and greener city,” Cr Speedie said.

“The new lights perform better, last longer and are more than twice as efficient as the existing mercury vapour lights.

“And not only do the lights offer energy savings and reduce greenhouse emissions, the project will improve compliance with Australian Standards in safety and light levels offering greater uniformity of light across and along our streets while reducing glare and light pollution.”

The project will be completed as one continuous installation and is expected to be completed by the end of the financial year.