Lighting the way to energy efficiency

4 August 2017

Almost 500 streetlights in Torquay and Jan Juc will become energy efficient in a project that supports Surf Coast Shire Council’s progress towards environmental leadership.

In the first stage of the project, 480 streetlights are being replaced with LED lights. It will see energy usage reduced by up to 80% and better lighting provided for residents and visitors in Jan Juc and parts of Torquay.

Mayor Brian McKiterick said the conversion would deliver multiple benefits to the community.

“Replacing the lights with LED will reduce our energy usage, which is good for our environment as well as Council’s energy bills.”

Council’s 2017-18 Budget includes a further allocation of $228,000 to go towards another replacement program which would see approximately 500 more streetlights replaced.

The ultimate aim is to convert all 3,344 streetlights in the Surf Coast to LED in the next few years.

“Once installed, the LEDs will pay for themselves in about five years, so it’s a sensible and environmentally-responsible investment,” Cr McKiterick said.

Cr Margot Smith is one of the councillors on the Renewable Energy Taskforce. She said the streetlight conversion was identified as one of their key projects.

“It’s part of our Towards Environmental Leadership program, and is a demonstration of Council’s commitment to reducing energy consumption,” Cr Smith said.

“We encourage other organisations, and the broader community, to look at what practical steps they can take to reduce their own energy usage.”

Fellow Renewable Energy Taskforce member Cr Libby Coker said preserving and enhancing the natural environment was a focus area in the Council Plan.

“Our goal is for the community to lead the state in the uptake of renewable energy,” Cr Coker said.