Green light for energy efficiency

IT’S environmentally friendly and will save Bellingen Shire Council a small fortune.

The council has given the green light to an energy-efficient streetlight retrofit which will replace existing streetlights with more efficient lighting technology.

It will provide equivalent light using significantly less energy and will result in an emission reduction of more than 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year – equivalent to taking around 45 cars off the road.

“The streetlight retrofit provides an important example of how energy efficiency initiatives can contribute significantly to reducing council’s operating costs as well as helping to protect our environment,”  Bellingen mayor Mark Troy said.

“The retrofit will cost Bellingen Shire Council approximately $92,000 to implement, with projected savings expected to be in excess of $620,000 over the next 10 years.

“The actual savings are likely to be much greater as electricity prices continue to increase.”

The project will be partly funded from the council’s Revolving Energy Fund, created in December 2007 and supplemented by council funds.

Part of the savings from the project will be re-invested in the REF to fund future energy efficiency projects.

The streetlight retrofit will use technology recommended by Essential Energy (previously known as Country Energy) and some examples can already be found in the shire.

The replacement technologies will be compact fluorescent globes and high pressure sodium globes.

Essential Energy will implement the project, following a similar process to existing bulk lamp replacements carried out every three years.

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