New guide for upgrading street lighting and smart controls

Local councils, main roads agencies and utilities providers thinking about large-scale upgrades of their street lighting and smart control systems can now use a new free guide to help their decision-making.

The Model Business Case was created by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia’s Street Lighting and Smart Control Programme and is supported by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy.

“Sitting down to create a business case for a relatively new and complex field can understandably be daunting,” Institute Acting CEO, Ben Balov, said.

“We want to remove as many barriers as possible for best-practice LED and smart control changeovers.

“IPWEA modelling shows that if every street light in Australia were converted to LEDs, councils would slash $100 million off their annual street lighting bills and reduce our street lighting’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by at least 52 per cent.

“When you add in smart controls that allow street lights to be dimmed when appropriate, that energy reduction can be as high as 72 per cent.”

Clean Energy Finance Corporation CEO, Ian Learmonth, said street lighting is a major source of local councils’ carbon emissions.

“We’ve previously worked with councils who have made the switch to LED street lights and have achieved energy savings of around 70 per cent,” he said.

“We’re very supportive of others wanting to follow suit and think this resource will help overcome a major identified hurdle by making it easier to clearly present the business case for change.”

One company providing solar-powered street lighting is South Australia’s Green Frog Systems, which will have a booth at the National General Assembly, 16-19 June.