Improved Service Levels
An LED roll out when accompanied by smart controls technology can dramatically improve service levels by notifying the operator of outages and other faults.
Smart controls technology also allows a wide range of operating regimes not currently possible, including dimming during the off-peak, raising lighting levels during peak times, optimising lighting levels to exactly meet compliance levels, facilitating automated population of asset registers and improving the accuracy of billing.
Reduced Electricity Use and Improved Lighting Outcomes
It is well established that using LEDs for street lighting reduces the cost of energy used by the lights, substantially reduces the operational cost of the lights and, by delivering high quality white light, increases the efficiency and effectiveness of public lighting which improves safety and reduces crime.
Notably, unlike metropolitan areas, many regional NSW residential streets are currently lit with lower quality, yellow-coloured lighting, so a switch to LED lighting will make significant and noticeable improvements to public lighting.
A Backbone for Smart City Deployments
Smart street lighting controlled networks are also being increasingly recognised as the likely backbone of smart city deployments as, once installed, they are able to support a range of other devices in the public domain at low marginal cost.
The Southern Lights project therefore has the potential to become the backbone upon which towns and cities across southern NSW can be transformed into Smart Communities.
THE INTRODUCTION OF LED LIGHTING CAN PROVIDE OVER 50% SAVINGS IN ENERGY AND MAINTENANCE AND LOWER TOTAL OPERATING COSTS BY MORE THAN 25%.
other project benefits
The Southern Lights Groups is actively involved in all aspects of street lighting delivery. The Group has provided submissions and input to the most recent Australian Energy Regulator’s Determination of maintenance costs for street lighting and was represented on Essential Energy’s Advisory Committee that developed the response to the Determination. The most recent Determination has seen a significant drop in SLUOS (maintenance) pricing which will benefit not just the Southern Lights councils but all the councils that are serviced by Essential Energy.
Southern Lights was also involved in the development and finalisation of the NSW Public Lighting Code. The Code dictates the service level provisions that all street lighting providers are required to provide for councils. Southern Lights, along with other council representatives and the RMS, pushed for the Code to become mandatory to ensure that service providers were accountable for their services. The new Code, which commenced on 1 July 2019 will, for the first time, see a legally defined service level for street lighting in NSW with maximum repair times, higher penalties, mandatory reporting and a greater council say over technology choice. The Code provides for penalties under the service provide’rs licensing conditions if required service levels are not met.