Bass Coast,
19
July
2013
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03:58
Australia/Melbourne

Bass Coast's Streets Get Green Light

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Energy efficient street lighting is set to halve emissions and reduce Bass Coast Shire Council’s lighting bill by almost $100,000.

Street lights in the Shire will be upgraded to a more efficient type of globe after Council applied and was successful in receiving a grant through Round 1 of the Federal Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP).

The Federal Grant has contributed $291,747 towards the project, with Council funding the remaining $337,742 for the three year project.

Councillor Brad Drew said low energy is a focus of Bass Coast’s transistion to becoming a low carbon Council.

“Electricity use from street lighting across the Shire emits more tonnes of CO2 equivalent than all of Council’s owned and managed facilities combined,” Cr Drew said.

“The upgrade will achieve a reduction in emissions from our street lighting by almost half - the equivalent of removing almost 200 cars from the roads each year.

“The new technologies will also achieve increased lighting quality for the community as the upgraded lights have less upward spill compared to older technologies, meaning that the light is directed toward the ground, where it is needed, instead of into the sky.”

Only certain technologies are approved for installation in public street lighting. The new technologies that are available will look slightly different from the older styles that are currently in use.

The new lights will be installed over three stages with tendering processes currently underway for the installation of the lights for the first stage.

These lights will start being installed across the Shire later this month.