All Plymouth street lights set to be replaced by LEDs in £13m energy saving project
ALL 28,000 street lights in Plymouth are set to be replaced by energy-saving LEDs as part of a £13million energy-saving project..
And 19 city-owned buildings will have electricity-generating solar panels installed on their roofs as part of plans to cut costs and improve Plymouth's carbon footprint.
If the city's Cabinet agrees at its meeting on February 12, the council will embark on a four-year energy programme.
The investment will save an average of £1.5million a year over the next 20 years and cut carbon emissions by up to 3,200 tonnes a year, Cllr Mark Lowry, the Cabinet member for finance, said.
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The project also includes replacing old and energy inefficient boilers.
The changes could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 3,200 tonnes each year, putting the Council on target to reduce its emissions by 20 per cent by 2014/15.
The LED lamps have a white light that is clearer and brighter. They improve the quality of the lighting, allowing drivers to make out details more easily and making our streets safer at night for pedestrians. This directly addresses concerns about fear of crime and road safety highlighted in the most recent Household Survey.
LED street lamps are environmentally friendly, use less energy and create less light pollution. It is estimated that replacement of the old lamps with LED technology could reduce the Council’s street lighting costs by up to 70 per cent. A number of other councils have also begun similar replacement projects to save money and improve safety.
The Council’s solar panels project could be extended to 14 more Council buildings. Panels with a total output of 82.5kW have already been installed on four Council properties across the city. They will generate yearly savings of £7,000 and £11,000 in revenue from government subsidies and reduce CO2 by 37 tonnes per year.
Councillor Mark Lowry said: “These projects are all about saving the council tax payer a lot of money and therefore protecting front line services. Of course they also have considerable other benefits, making our city a safer and more environmentally friendly place to live and work and they contribute to our commitment to cut emissions from our buildings.”
Plymouth is already ranked 8th city in the country in terms of the lowest CO2 emissions per capita (Cities Outlook, 2013). The Council is also looking into an energy co-operative scheme that would negotiate lower energy bills for its members and further contribute to the aim of becoming a carbon neutral council.