Lighting the way
Street lighting is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions for the Borough of Queenscliffe, accounting for 33% of Council's total emissions in 2011–12. It's also extremely costly.
Switching to energy-efficient street lighting could save 123 tonnes of carbon emissions annually as well as a considerable amount of money.
Energy-efficient street lamp trial
To reduce the environmental and financial impacts of street lighting, Council has been investigating opportunities to upgrade from inefficient 80 watt Mercury Vapour lamps to super-efficient Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs).
A trial of CFLs was conducted in Mercer Street, Queenscliff, and Glaneuse Road, Point Lonsdale, in 2012 and received strong community support.
On 21 August 2013 Council received notification that it has been successful in obtaining a grant of $48,977 under round 5 of the Regional Development Australia Fund for the 'Lighting the way' project. Council will contribute an additional $100,400 required to complete the project, as part of its commitment of working towards carbon neutrality.
The project will see a change of residential street lights across the municipality from inefficient Mercury Vapour lamps to super-efficient alternatives.
A second street lamp trial will be conducted, this time with newly approved Light-Emitting Diode (LED) technology. Then once the preferred globes are determined they will be installed.
The timing is ideal as the bulk replacement of all street lights is scheduled for 2014.
Replacement of existing Mercury Vapour lamps with energy efficient technologies will reduce energy consumption by an estimated 62%. Other expected benefits of the project are:
- 123 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions saved per year
- 2,195 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions saved during the life of the new lamps (over 20 years)
- $382,192 savings in electricity and maintenance bills over 20 years.
In addition to this, the new lights provide better lighting outcomes for the community including greater uniformity of light across and along the street, improved visibility and lower glare.
Other street lighting issues
To report broken or faulty street lights, please refer to the Street Lighting page.