Switch to LED street lighting to make big savings
Dubbo will have whiter and
more reliable street lights and make significant long-term financial savings
after Council endorsed a Mayoral Minute to convert to smart-enabled LED
Council has been in
discussions with Essential Energy to move away from the current
energy-intensive lighting to the newest technology.
The energy provider
informed Council it would undertake a bulk lamp replacement in November 2019,
making it a logical time to start the conversion process.
“This is a very exciting
step for Council. LED lighting is far more energy efficient, more reliable and
provides a much whiter light than the current technology,” Councillor Shields
“With the smart technology
we can adjust the brightness of lighting remotely or use sensors to make lights
brighter when people are on the street.
“It also sets us up for the
future with the potential to integrate CCTV and speakers, and broadcast Wi-Fi.
It would make us one of the most advanced cities in regional NSW.”
Essential Energy has made
a proposal to the NSW Government to assist with funding for the deployment of smart-assisted
LED lighting across regional NSW. If funding was made available, Council would
be required to make minimal financial contribution to such a project.
Essential Energy is
waiting for a response from the NSW Government on the success of its proposal.
Based on Council’s street
light inventory at April 2019, Essential Energy has estimated that a total of 6,566 street
lights could be upgraded to LED equivalent luminaires with integrated smart
port and associated smart controller, and a further 18 existing LED street
lights could be fitted with a smart controller.
The estimated cost if
Council is required to fund the project is being finalised but it is expected
the upgrades would have a payback period of five to six years based on savings
experienced from reduced energy usage.
Once the payback period
has been reached, ongoing savings of approximately $700,000 per annum would be
“This Council is committed
to finding ways to reduce costs for the benefit of residents and $700,000 a
year is a substantial saving,” Councillor Shields said.
Council also resolved to
seek reimbursement from the NSW Government if Council funds the project and the
Government subsequently provides funding for a replacement program.
Last Edited: 06 Jun 2019