About the initiative

Light Years Ahead energy efficiency initiative

bell_minorLight years Ahead is an energy efficiency and renewable initiative. It includes a range of energy saving upgrades across local government areas. These include LED lighting, HVAC systems, solar panels, insulation and new appliances.

This is a continuation of the successful 2014-2016 Light Years Ahead program which replaced almost 15,000 inefficient streetlights with the latest energy-saving LED lights.

The project will be coordinated and managed through Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd (WSROC) on behalf of nine participant councils.

What’s involved

yellow_thornbillThe aim of the initiative is to help local governments improve their energy efficiency through energy saving and renewable energy upgrades. This includes the installation of efficient LED lighting, solar panels, HVAC systems, insulation, and new appliances to name a few.

Participating councils


While the first round of the Light Years Ahead was limited to Western Sydney councils, Light Years Ahead 2 is open to any local council in NSW.



WSROC is working with participating councils to develop appropriate funding streams for each project. It is expected that a mix of self-funded, grant-funded and financed projects will be included in the Light Years Ahead initiative.


The initiative will run approximately three years (2017 – 2020). Projects are being scoped and implemented throughout, with current projects underway being the Parramatta bulk LED street light replacement project and the Hawkesbury solar program.

Other projects will follow and details on upcoming works will be published in the News and Media section of this website as they become available.

galahThe end result

Light Years Ahead will deliver major energy and emission savings for participant councils.

Councils agree that this project is a first step in building greener, more energy efficient local communities. 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.