Business Case Finalised and Presented to NSW Government

The Southern Lights Group has finalised its Business Case for the deployment of over 75,000 smart-enabled street lights across Southern NSW. The Business Case was given to the NSW State Government on October 10, 2018 along with a spreadsheet detailing the costs associated with each of 75,000 lights covered by the project.

The Business case which was prepared in a close working relationship with Essential Energy, the street light owners shows a Return on Investment over 8.8 years, and a BCR of 1.01. The investment in the Southern Lights project will:

  •  Install approximately 83,000 LED street lights, the project allows for a 10% increase in the number of lights to enable councils to address additional lighting needs such as in-fill;

  • Deliver low to medium bandwidth communications that supports smart community deployments, including smart controls for LED lighting;

  • Reduce the energy use in street lighting by 57% generating direct savings for rural and regional councils of $46.3M  over 10 years;

  • Produce significant Greenhouse Gas (GHG) savings by reducing electricity by 20,500 MWhrs per year and consequently CO2  emissions by 19,500 tonnes per year;

  • Dramatically improve lighting reliability while reducing the maintenance cost of lights by 47%, generating direct savings for rural and regional councils of $31.4M over 10 years;

  • Increase efficiencies and improve service delivery for the participating councils and others through the use of smart community technology innovations such as remote metering and remote sensing;

  • Improve community safety by providing better and safer lighting that allows communities to raise lighting levels in areas where crime or anti-social behaviour is a problem;

  • Allow residents to feel safer on the streets at night and support crime detection by providing brighter, whiter lighting with better colour rendition;

  • Jump start the 20-year Vision for Regional NSW, by delivering on the promise of providing connectivity to rural and regional areas 10 years ahead of the scheduled time frame; and

  • Be a legacy project that empowers rural and regional communities


Tracey Cornell