The NSW Climate Change Fund will provide $12.5 million to replace 80,000 Mercury Vapour (MV) street lights with LEDs by 2021.
The switch to LEDs will save local councils over 205,000 MWh of energy and approximately $22 million in energy costs by 2035.
Local councils will also benefit from:
- reduced maintenance costs, as LEDs have a longer life
- better sustainability
- lower carbon emissions
- brighter and higher quality lighting improving public safety.
Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean said the LED roll-out is part of the plan to accelerate the replacement of the estimated 250,000 energy inefficient street lights in NSW.
“Replacing the old street lights with LEDs will make NSW a cleaner and greener place,” Mr Kean said.
The NSW Government is collaborating with local councils and Endeavour Energy to run the program.