Project Facts

Over 20 years we will save approximately:

  • 74,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions
  • $21 million, so councils can spend money on other projects and local area needs

The new lights are more energy efficient, greener and meet community safety needs. The emissions savings are equivalent to:

  • Lighting 92,500 average homes each year
  • Taking 17,209 cars off the road each year
  • Greenhouse gas emissions produced by 3,033 Australians each year

Frequently Asked Questions

Which suburbs will be affected? – To read about which suburbs will be affected go to the Lighting Roll Out menu.

How many lights are being changed? – Approximately 13,000 lights will be replaced. These lights are in residential areas only, not main roads, parks, commercial or industrial areas. This figure is approximately 10% of the total lights.

How many lights are there in Western Sydney? – There are a total of 126,955 street lights in the nine participant council Local Government Areas (Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills Shire, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith). Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils doesn’t have figures for other Western Sydney Councils who are not participating in the Light Years Ahead project.

How many locations will have street lights replaced / who are the project participants? – Nine Western Sydney councils are participants and will have lights replaced – Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills Shire, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith. Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils is coordinating the project on behalf of the nine councils.

When does the roll out start and end? – The roll out is expected to start from June 2015 and the project will end in May 2016.

Where, specifically, will the lights be replaced and how have these decisions been made? – The focus for this project is residential street lighting i.e. no replacements in main roads, parks and recreation spaces, sports fields, industrial areas or shopping areas. See the Lighting Roll Out menu for a list of suburbs for each participating council.

What is this project costing and how was it funded? – The project costs approximately $7.8 million dollars – $5.3 million will be contributed by the Australian Government, with a co-contribution of $2.6 million by participating Western Sydney councils and Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). The funding split is approximately two-thirds contribution from the Government and one-third from councils and WSROC.

How much do councils spend on street lighting? – Street lighting makes up around 55% of council energy costs and around 5 per cent of total budget expenditure.

What does it cost to run the existing lights? – The current lights cost an estimated annual energy cost of $11.2 million and greenhouse emissions of over 55,000 tonnes.

What will councils save? – Light Years Ahead will deliver major savings for local residents of these councils, with an estimated savings in energy costs of around $1.08 million a year for Councils and an estimated saving in energy efficiency of up to 60 per cent.

How much will the new lights save? – The new lights will save around $21 million and 74,000 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions over 20 years.

Can the old lights be recycled? – Most of the components of the old mercury vapour lights will be recycled. We are recycling as much as possible.

Are the new lights safe? – The new lights are safer as they don’t contain mercury and they meet Australian street lighting standards.

What else is the project doing? – There is a community information component of the project. Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils staff will be travelling to community events with marketing and energy savings materials. The official project event booth will have a number of props and demonstrations to share energy saving tips and information.