09/05/2019 - Permalink

Shropshire Council set to convert 16,000 streetlights to LED lighting

Related topics: Highways and environmental maintenance

Shropshire Council is planning to convert almost 16,000 streetlights to LED lighting over the next three years – saving the council more than £1.2m a year in reduced energy and maintenance costs once the conversion is complete, and saving almost 3000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

It’s estimated that the total cost of the conversion work will be £8.5m. Of this 70% would be paid for through an interest-free loan from Salix Finance, and the remaining 30% would be funded through Shropshire Council’s highways capital budget.

The plans are set to be considered by the council’s Cabinet in September [2019], when they will be asked to agree the funding required and give the work the go-ahead.

Since 2013, the council has converted over 3300 street lights from conventional ‘sodium discharge’ lighting to LED lighting. Subject to securing the Salix funding and Cabinet approval, work would be carried out to convert the remaining 15,783 lights.

Initial analysis suggests the work could deliver annual savings of 5,675,552kWh, an energy cost reduction of £805,000 per year, plus a reduction in CO2 emissions of 2,911 tonnes a year.

Savings in operational and maintenance costs would provide a further £366,000 of additional savings per year.

The work would also see the lights fitted with central management system (CMS) controls which enable dimming, part-night lighting and fault identification, leading to further savings and greater functionality.

Steve Davenport, Cabinet member for highways and parking, said:

“I want us to conserve energy, helping the environment for future generations while keeping the lights on in the most important areas.

“Converting our remaining streetlights to LED lighting is something that would save us well over £1m a year once the conversion programme is complete, while also saving energy and CO2, and ensuring that we have street lighting that is efficient and fit for purpose – which is great news all round.

“It was always the intention that further LED conversions would be carried out when value for money could be demonstrated. However, until recently the cost of LED lighting was prohibitive and didn’t provide value for money.

“During the last few years the cost of LED lighting has reduced significantly and in some cases by as much as 50% making the installation of LED lighting more affordable.

“I now look forward to taking a report to Cabinet in September and asking colleagues to approve the council’s contribution towards this important scheme.”

Further information

The provision of CMS, together with LED technology, will allow the extension of dimming options between certain hours to also incorporate variable dimming levels which would be commensurate with the volumes of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, to a far higher degree than currently possible.

Salix Finance Ltd provides interest-free Government funding to the public sector to improve their energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills.