Burdekin Shire Council has taken the first step toward replacing more than 1600 streetlights across the region with LED (light emitting diode) lights, potentially the largest rollout of LED lighting in Queensland.
Council is working with Ergon Energy to ensure ratepayers get the best value out of lights used in the Shire.
Ergon Energy has tested the existing light poles’ ability to handle the added weight of the highly efficient LED lights, which are twice as heavy as the existing lights.
This load testing is an essential part of the roll out, with standards and load capabilities differing across the state.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said Ergon Energy had begun load testing the streetlight arms to ensure they would be able to carry the heavier LED lights and to see how the lights would fare in cyclonic winds.
“The results of these tests will enable Ergon to finalise a proposal for Council’s consideration,” he said.
“Once Council has reviewed and approved this proposal the replacement process will begin in areas such as Ayr, Home Hill, Brandon and Giru.
“These are still early days, but this will certainly help reduce the increasing budgetary pressures from energy costs.”
Cr Lowis said this was a really big step forward for our region and shows that smaller councils, such as the Burdekin, could lead the way in embracing money-saving technology.
“Just by changing to a more efficient light source, it is predicted there could be annual savings in the vicinity of $300,000,” he said.
“We believe the Burdekin region is well and truly at the forefront of the energy industry; with two new solar farms in the works and plans to undertake a complete LED streetlight replacement project, we’re working towards securing greener credentials and continued growth for our economy.”