'Green' lights save 270k
NEW streetlights installed across the Tweed will save Tweed Shire Council $270,000 a year in operating costs, according to the mayor.
The energy-efficient lamps were installed in partnership with Essential Energy and will almost halve energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the Tweed's streetlight network of more than 5000 lights.
The council believes it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1000 tonnes per year.
Tweed Shire Mayor Barry Longland said the upgrade was good news for ratepayers and the planet and at a cost of $293,000 it would pay for itself in just more than 12 months.
"The upgrade is a win-win situation, significantly reducing operating costs while nearly halving the network's carbon footprint," he said.
While the council maintains they seek energy-efficient lighting for new subdivisions, the majority of lighting in older subdivisions of the Tweed weren't considered energy efficient when compared to the new technology available.
For that reason, almost 4000 mercury vapour lamps were replaced with a combination of compact fluorescent and high pressure sodium lamps.
The new lamps produce a similar light output but consume less energy.
Essential Energy regional general manager Richard Wake said the upgrade was part of an initiative to improve the energy efficiency of streetlights from Tweed Heads to Grafton. He said they were pleased to be working with councils to achieve energy-saving outcomes.