Street lighting project comes to an end

Published Wednesday, 27th April 2016

The biggest LED street light replacement project in NSW, Light Years Ahead, has come to an end with the last light installed in March.

Crews installed 1,241 LED street lights throughout the Fairfield local government area, out of a total of 13,951 across Western Sydney – 951 more lights than originally forecast.

The project involved nine western Sydney Councils – Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hills Shire, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the project was estimated to save the participating councils $20 million and 74,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over 20 years.

“The $20 million savings are significant as street lighting makes up about 55% of councils’ energy costs,” Mayor Carbone said. “The emission savings are equivalent to taking 37,000 cars off the road each year over 20 years.

“Light Years Ahead is a great precedent for future LED lighting projects and, more generally, for other Council-initiated infrastructure upgrades in Fairfield City.”

Recycling has been a major consideration of the project. Most of the components of the old mercury vapour street lights are being recycled. Endeavour Energy crews took the components back to a depot in Western Sydney. Once there, the waste was sorted and packed for transport to another recycling facility, also in the region.

The Light Years Ahead project received funding of $5.3 million from the Australian Government and $2.6 million from the nine participating councils.

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