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Ironbark frequently contributes reports, information and time to the sector. Over the last decade we have written hundreds of articles, delivered webinars and developed presentations and reports that we have promoted through this website, our newsletter and social media.

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Ironbark are again joining forces with local government associations 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...

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The 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, including an installation contractor panel; the addition of other states; more lights to choose from; smart lighting and smart cities services; and support for smart lighting projects from start to finish. Here we have all of your smart lighting questions answered!

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In case you've been hiding in a cave, over 100 Australian councils have now changed over their street lights to energy efficient street lights such as LED, and we are have now hit the magical half-a-million mark. Councils around Australia are now undertaking some fascinating smart lighting pilots and ready to start sharing the results. To assist with realising the benefits of smart lighting the National Smart Lighting Pilots program has kicked off. Get on board!

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In June 2016 Victorian Distribution Network Service Provider (DNSP) AusNet Services announced the approval of six residential (Category P) LEDs and the introduction of three major road (Category V) LEDs that are now available for use on the network. This is big news for councils looking towards major road lighting changeovers as the next step in energy efficient public lighting upgrades. The new residential LEDs provide additional replacement options for 80W and 125W mercury vapour lights and...

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Results from over 1,000 Sustainable Small Facilities (SSF) assessments undertaken by 17 Australian councils have enabled Ironbark to make estimates of the current energy and water performance and potential benefits for the average council across different facility types. Data reveals that the average council facility can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 53% and water by 43% and can improve the sustainability rating from 2 Stars (fair) to 4 Stars (very good). This article outlines results in...

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Energy efficiency and renewable energy policies at Federal and State levels have constantly been in the news over the last 12 months, but not so much on how these changes affect councils. Australian councils could well be excused for a feeling of apprehension around the future of mechanisms that support energy efficiency and renewable energy at a local level. However history tells a different story, and it has actually been in the more challenging policy settings where local government has come...

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Victorian councils and communities have benefitted greatly from the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET), which commenced in 2009 and was legislated to continue until 2030. Over the last 12 months councils have advocated for the scheme to be strengthened and the scope broadened. However in May 2014 VEET was dumped by the State Government and along with it the opportunity for tens of millions of dollars of funding for council energy efficiency projects over the next decade.

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Lighting in open spaces such as parks, sports facilities and car parks contribute around 10-15% of a council's emissions and costs associated with outdoor lighting. However, due to the fact that councils have direct control over these spaces, open space lighting is one of the easiest ways for councils to decrease costs and improve emissions profiles.

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The Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) is finished and councils who have not yet upgraded street lights are looking for other sources of funding to help make these projects happen. Councils in NSW and Victoria can take advantage of their state’s respective energy efficiency schemes (the Energy Savings Scheme in NSW, and the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target in Victoria). Both schemes are designed to encourage investment in energy efficiency projects by allowing investors to create and...

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Ironbark have been working councils to access a range of funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The largest and most recent funding announcement was for the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) where Ironbark worked with 85 councils and were involved in successful applications to the value of $59.64 million. This represents buildings and street lighting projects from Western Australia to Tasmania and everything in between. Download our presentation and check out this...

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