Brodie Bott

New lights better than ever

STREET lights that have been replaced in the Bellingen area over past months means that the Shire Council has lights that are now more energy efficient than ever before.

The replacement of more than 740 lights is saving 196 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year which is the equivalent of almost 35 passenger vehicles.

Brian McLean who is Essential Energy's regional general manager North Coast said the initiative made good business sense for the Council and Essential Energy.

"With councils and customers always investigating ways to minimise their carbon footprint it made sense for Essential Energy to assist the Council with more energy efficient street lighting options," Mr McLean said.

Bellingen Shire Council's general manager Liz Jeremy said the Council had approached the energy company in late 2010 to investigate the benefits of changing the local government area's lighting.

"The Bellingen local government area prides itself on its environmental initiatives, including sustainability projects, the high adoption of solar power and the numerous organic farms in the area," Mrs Jeremy said.

"Street lighting currently accounts for 15% of Council's total corporate emissions. The benefits of changing to more energy efficient street lighting seemed the next logical step.

"The Council approved the initiative in early 2011 with the final lights being changed in January.

"This project will make a significant contribution to meeting Council's emissions reduction target of 40% on 1990 levels by 2020."



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