Project Facts

The Light Years Ahead energy efficiency initiative will run for approximately three years (2017 – 2020).

Projects are continuously being scoped and implemented. Details will be provided as they become available.

Frequently asked questions

Project 2: Hawkesbury City Solar Program

Where: Hawkesbury Local Government Area

What: Solar installations

When: December until 30 June, 2019

Who: Hawkesbury City Council

What is Hawkesbury City Council doing?
Council will be installing approximately 600KW solar across 13 sites.

Why is Council doing this work?
Hawkesbury City Council is committed to reducing its energy consumption and emissions. The solar panels will save Hawkesbury City Council energy and emissions. Cost savings will allow Council to invest in better infrastructure and services for the community.

Where will the works take place?
Solar panels will be installed on Council facilities throughout the municipality. Works are secured for the 13 sites listed below with the potential of other Council-owned sites being included at a later date:

  • Council Administration/Deerubbin Precinct
  • Hawkesbury Leisure and Learning Centre
  • Hawkesbury Regional Museum
  • Indoor Sports Stadium
  • North Richmond Community Centre
  • Oasis Aquatic Centre
  • Richmond Library
  • Wastewater Treatment Facility, South Windsor
  • Wastewater Treatment Facility, McGraths Hill
  • South Windsor Family Centre
  • Wilberforce Depot
  • Council Administration Precinct
  • Waste Management Facility, South Windsor.

Who is installing the solar power systems?
Council will appoint a panel of contractors by 16 December 2018. The highest-ranking contractor will be invited to install the solar power systems.

What solar power systems are being installed?
Photovoltaic solar panels that are designed to cater for the energy demand of selected Council facilities.

Who makes the solar power systems?
A Contractor will be appointed in mid-December, at which point the manufacturer of the panels will be known. Council have specified in the Tender that the installation will meet the requirements of the Clean Energy Council and Australian Standards are complied with to ensure good quality solar systems are installed.

How long will the solar system last?
Council aims for the solar systems to last for around 25 years.

Will the solar panels be recycled once they have reached the end of their life?
Council will recycle all possible components of the solar system.

Who else is involved in this project?
The Hawkesbury City Council solar program is part of the Light Years Ahead energy efficiency initiative. Western Sydney councils are working together to reduce their carbon footprint and to their energy costs. For more information about this street lighting project and the overall Light Years Ahead energy efficiency initiative, visit

Who do I contact if I have any enquiries about the works?
Hawkesbury City Council
(02) 4560 4444 

Project 1: Parramatta bulk street light replacement

Where: City of Parramatta

What: Bulk LED streetlight replacement

When: November 2017 – June 2019

Who: City of Parramatta, Endeavour Energy, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils.

Where, specifically, will Parramatta’s lights be replaced and how have these decisions been made?

The focus for this project is residential street lighting i.e. no replacements along main roads, parks and recreation spaces, sports fields, industrial areas or shopping areas.

Council will work with Endeavour Energy to identify the best lights for replacement. Priority is given to old lights which are at the end of their natural life span.

How long do the lights last?

The luminaire (the main body of the light) will last about 20 years. This is around four times longer than the current lights.

Who actually owns the lights?

The lights are owned and maintained by distribution network service provider Endeavour Energy.

How much do councils spend on street lighting?

Street lighting makes up around 55 per cent of council energy costs and around 5 per cent of total budget expenditure.

What will City of Parramatta save?

The new lights will save Parramatta around $5.7m in energy bills, and 35,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the next 20 years – allowing Council to invest this money in better infrastructure and services for the community.

How will the works affect my street on the day?

The changeover of street lights involves a single elevated work platform with two to three crew-members. It takes less than 10 minutes to replace a street light so any disruptions to traffic flow in your street should not last long. Resident’s cars can remain parked on streets.

 Who is installing the new lights and removing the old ones?

Endeavour Energy will install and remove the lights. They will be liaising with the City of Parramatta Council throughout the project.

 Which lights are being installed?

The lights being installed as part of the program are energy efficient 14 Watt LED lights.

Why did Council choose these particular lights?

LED lights are the most energy efficient lights currently approved by Endeavour Energy, the distribution network service provider that owns the lighting infrastructure. The lights have been tested to ensure they meet relevant Australian Standards in regards to safety and light levels. Trial results throughout NSW have demonstrated that they have superior performance to the existing lights.

The new lights have:

  • Lower energy consumption
  • Less maintenance requirements
  • Greater uniformity of light across and along the street
  • Better ‘colour rendering’ and visibility
  • Less depreciation of the light output over time
  • Lower glare.

Who makes the lights?

The LED is made by Gerard Lighting.

Who else is involved in this project?

The City of Parramatta street light replacement project is part of the Light Years Ahead energy efficiency initiative. Western Sydney councils are working together to reduce their carbon footprint and their energy costs.

Are the old lights recycled?

Yes. The recycling of old lights that are taken down during a bulk change is the responsibility of the installer, in this case Endeavour Energy. Endeavour is a signatory to the fluorocycle scheme and recycles 100% of old lamps. The old fitting is then recycled as scrap metal. Additionally, the plastic components of the lights will be recycled diverting around 7 tonnes of waste from landfill.