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Leading the Smart Lighting Revolution: Smart Lighting Program Mark II Now Open

December 2018

Ironbark, MAV Procurement and the Local Government Association of Tasmania are thrilled to announce that they are again joining forces to assist councils with upgrading their street lights.

Now that many councils have all but completed the upgrade of old inefficient lights to LEDs on minor roads, it’s onto main roads, smarter technology, more market contestability, more council control and an expansion interstate. 

The MAV-LGAT Smart Lighting Program Mark II will again offer councils the opportunity to purchase LEDs directly from a standing panel of lighting suppliers whose LEDs have been approved for use, but there's also some big new additions.

Materials and Installation Contractor Panel 

For the first time the panel will also include pre-approved installation contractors for those distribution areas where installation is contestable (i.e. Ausnet Services, United Energy and TasNetworks). This means that as well as purchasing hardware (the actual LED lights), councils will be able to choose installers in the knowledge that we've already undertaken the tendering process on their behalf.

The materials and installation panel has been established to leverage the combined purchasing power of councils to achieve cost savings. This builds from the previous MAV Lighting Program (2012-2017) which has already seen councils save millions of dollars on purchasing lights and thousands of hours on developing and evaluating tenders. 

The Program allows councils to simply contact a lighting supplier or installer directly and purchase lights or procure installation services regardless of the total cost. No tender required. No going out to quotes required. While there’s absolutely no obligation to use the panel, all councils can access it for free, even if the total price is over Local Government Act monetary thresholds. This is because local government associations, with the technical assistance of Ironbark, has already gone out to tender on councils’ behalf. The panel will be refreshed on a regular basis, as new lighting products or installation services become approved, or as prices change.

Are you from a South Australian, NSW or Queensland Council? 

The Smart Lighting Program Mark II has also involved working closely with the other LGAs including the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) and Tasmanian councils who will now also benefit from the Program. Meanwhile other states have been clamouring to jump on board given the massive financial and logistical savings to councils.

South Australian, NSW or Queensland councils looking for information on the hardware and installation panel? You're probably now wondering why you're now being offered LEDs that are often 30% higher than they were only 6 months ago! Or why you're missing out on massive economies of scale!

Many councils in states like SA ended up paying a lot more for an LED than they should. This is because the market prices are not set by the number of orders in individual states, but across the country. Many councils missed out on getting the best price, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you don't want to do the same thing again then you probably want to get on board national programs. We work with hundreds of councils on LED street lighting projects so you benefit from the scale and scope of projects that involve changing literally hundreds of thousands of LEDs across all states with more approved LEDs and greater buying power. Which means... more competition. You can get on board anytime and Ironbark will undertake the procurement, contract management and project management which means you'll actually get the best price. Otherwise you're negotiating with one eye blinded and getting a sub-standard deal.

Continuing the Revolution

The last five years has witnessed an energy-efficiency revolution in Australia with local governments installing LED street lights to replace old, inefficient and expensive technology. The hundreds of thousands of lights changed over have saved councils and their communities hundreds of millions of dollars through reduced electricity and maintenance costs as well as millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas abatement. It has been a remarkable ride and in October 2018 we hit the half-a-million light mark.

Nowhere has this revolution been as impressive as in Victoria. Of the 112 councils around the nation that have now made the switch, 76 are Victorian. Indeed, 96% of Victorian councils have now undertaken a bulk changeover of street lights. With every light changed, there is an 82% reduction in energy costs and emissions. Put another way, for every council that hasn’t changed to LEDs, they’re paying up to four and half times the cost for electricity. For every light. Every night. 

And the result of the MAV Street Lighting Program Mark I? 

More Lights. More Choice

The number of LEDs approved for use in Victoria is higher than in any other state. Councils in Victoria now have the choice of four to five different types of LEDs compared to parts of inner Sydney for example, where councils only have the option of installing one light. The process in Victoria has also demonstrated the level of contestability that is possible when key stakeholders work together. Victorian councils have successfully implemented changeovers through fully contestable tenders for every step of an LED changeover – materials (lights themselves), labour (installers) and even the project management of the installation.

Given Victorian councils are leading Australia and the world in the switch to LED streetlights, it’s time to move onto major road lights and Decoratives. This becomes more critical with the Minamata Convention making replacements for those old inefficient mercury vapour lights increasingly difficult to source in the next 12 months

Smart Lighting and Smart Cities

Public lighting has the potential to be both directly enhanced by smart city technology as well as playing a central role in a broader smart city network. The ability to control lighting via remote switching, remote fault reporting and remote dimming are ways in which smart city technology can beneficially improve asset management and reduce energy consumption. In addition, the ubiquity, existing power supply and presence above ground-level allows public lighting and poles to act as the hubs and nodes of a smart cities network.

The Smart Lighting Program Mark II has smart lighting at its core and will enable procurement of smart lighting technology, preparation, strategy development and project management support - from adaptive lighting to road safety to asset management, temperature, air quality, wifi, telecommunications and more. 

Smart Lighting Program Mark II EOI

Ironbark have been engaged to support councils throughout the entire program process:

  • Business case development
  • Funding support
  • Lighting design
  • Communications planning
  • Project planning and preparation
  • Procurement advice
  • On-going project management of the installation 
  • Council briefings
  • Smart lighting strategy development
  • Smart lighting and public lighting guidelines

Fill in our expression of interest form to find out more and we’ll be in touch.

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1300 288 262
info@realaction.com.au