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Public Street Lighting Upgrade Project

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Council will be replacing 1235 pedestrian street lights to LED commencing early June 2020 with the project expected to be completed early August 2020.  The upgrade will be carried out by SA Power Networks, who operate and maintain the majority of Council's public street lighting.

This project marks an exciting milestone for the City of Port Lincoln; in August 2019 the Council passed a resolution recognising that we are in a state of Climate Emergency, including a commitment to strategies that improve energy efficiency of Council assets. Public street lighting across Port Lincoln currently represents almost 50% of Council’s total electricity use, making this upgrade a critical step towards achieving that goal.

Most of the existing street lights in Port Lincoln use Mercury Vapour technology which is one of the least efficient types of lighting. The new LED lamps to be installed will perform better, last longer and are up to 82% more efficient than the current lights, leading to simple savings of approximately $1.85M over the 20 year life of the asset. In addition, completing the transition of all pedestrian category street lighting to LED will save around 150 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year. This is equivalent to lighting 188 average Australian homes each year for the next 20 years.

Council has allocated $540,000 in the 2019/2020 budget to fund this project. Changing the existing old degraded lamps will result in significant ongoing financial savings for Council and significant environmental benefits to our community in to the future.

LED is a proven technology that delivers many benefits:

  • Improved performance, as many of the existing lights are old, have diminished lighting output and are regularly faulty;
  • Improved safety and amenity, as LED lighting provides a more consistent level of light, minimises glare, and improves visibility on footpaths;
  • Reduced operating and maintenance requirements, as well as reduced energy demand and environmental impact of up to 80%; and
  • Fittings are 'smart city ready’ making them flexible for potential future applications.

LED lights also have the benefit of not containing harmful substances such as lead and mercury, which have the potential risk of being introduced into the environment during a light’s service life.

A Frequently Asked Questions document has been made available addressing the most commonly asked questions.

Any further questions or queries regarding this project can be directed to Council's Strategic Projects Officer on 8621 2300 or email plcc@plcc.sa.gov.au.