Council hits the streets with bright idea for Brisbane
The Government is providing almost $5 million from the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) to help Brisbane City Council replace 25,000 of the city’s street lights with more energy efficient lamps.
The Council will contribute a further $5 million to the project over the next two financial years.
The existing lights are mercury vapour bulbs, which over time give off a reduced amount of light, becoming dim.
The new more efficient lamps, however, use less energy, provide better lighting levels and do not deteriorate as much as the existing lamps, meaning the streets will be well-lit and safer for residents.
When installed, the new lights will use 40 per cent less electricity and are expected to reduce the Council’s overall electricity consumption by 2.5 per cent.
The project will result in $500,000 worth of savings to the Council’s annual electricity bill.
The $200 million CEEP initiative, funded by the carbon price, is helping inform the community about the benefits of smart energy use, while providing improved services and amenities, buildings and community facilities.
A wide range of high quality proposals were received in the first round of CEEP, with 63 projects awarded funding.
Applications for round two are currently being assessed.