About the Light Years Ahead project
Residents of Western Sydney will be among the first in Australia to benefit from new energy efficient street lighting, under the Light Years Ahead project.
The project will be coordinated and managed through Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd (WSROC) on behalf of nine participant councils.
The project replaces approximately 13,000 high emission mercury vapour street lights with low emission LED or equivalent lights. The new lights are more energy efficient than existing lights and major cost savings will be made for the participating councils.
Communication and media about the project is accompanied by community engagement and education activities. This ensures energy savings are not only delivered through the street lighting upgrade, but also through Western Sydney residents’ initiatives.
Nine Western Sydney councils are participating in the project:
- Blacktown City Council
- Blue Mountains City Council
- Fairfield City Council
- Hawkesbury City Council
- The Hills Shire Council
- Holroyd City Council
- Liverpool City Council
- Parramatta City Council
- Penrith City Council
A total of $5.3 million will be contributed by the Australian Government, with a co-contribution of $2.6 million by participating Western Sydney councils.
The lighting design has been completed. Installation has commenced in June 2015 and is expected to continue to March 2016. The project is expected to be complete by May 2016. To read about which suburbs will be impacted go to the Lighting Roll Out menu.
The end result
Public street lighting accounts for about 55% of the participant councils’ energy costs.
Light Years Ahead will deliver major savings for the participant councils, with an estimated savings in energy costs of around $21 million and 74,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over 20 years.
The participant councils agree that this project is a first step in establishing a more sustainable street lighting network across the region. Following the initial roll-out of the project, councils have indicated that they are prepared to consider re-investing those savings to ongoing lighting replacements.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more project information including answers to frequently asked questions go to the Project Facts page.