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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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As you’d be aware the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has confirmed that public lighting services in South Australia will be classified as Alternative Control Services (ACS) from 1st July 2020. This has potential impacts for councils who have signed contracts with SAPN to install and maintain LEDs through the SAPN LED or PLC tariffs. We discuss these in our free report for SA councils that explains "everything you need to know about Council-SAPN public lighting contracts and the pending...

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It's back... The Smart Lighting Summit, Australia's leading smart lighting event focusing on street, outdoor, urban and public lighting will be held on 11-12 September 2018 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Want to know what's happening in the world of smart lighting and get a sneak peak of what will be presented at the Summit? We've got a bunch of short (2m-4m) videos for you. These informative insights are by the people and organisations who actually deliver the projects and can...

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Big changes have been announced for South Australian street lighting with the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) confirming that public lighting services in the state will now be regulated and classified as Alternative Control Services (ACS). This a good outcome and will provide a lot more certainty for SA councils, who have clearly suffered through a lack of bargaining power and less control over tariff increase. The ACS model has led to demonstrably better outcomes for Australian councils in...

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We've got some big news in the street lighting world that you really should be aware of! Some of it requires thought and planning. Some of it will have impacts on your job. All of it is valuable information... Australian Local Government Smart Lighting Pilots; Stranded Assets; the Minimata Convention; Regulation Changes and more. So sit back and enjoy the presentation style and experience of two of Australia's leading street lighting expert in our June 2018 special council smart lighting...

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Well it’s been a big big big few months in South Australian street lighting. We’ve had a few LED projects start and some of the larger ones like Onkaparinga wrap-up (ahead of time!). In the last few weeks alone the Cities of Unley and Campbelltown have both resolved to changeover to LEDs through the PLC tariff. We’ve got a likely regulatory change to street lighting from NDS and ACS. And of course, the LGA have announced that they are no longer progressing on their bid to establish a public...

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Australian councils are leading the way when it comes to changing to LED street lights. Indeed, over 18% of all Australian street lights have now been changed over to more energy efficient alternatives, including 26% of all residential (or local) roads. Every single successful project in Australia has been the result of cooperative dialogue and relationships between councils, DNSPs and other key stakeholders. We know that collaboration works. We know that arguing doesn’t. Which brings us onto...

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Over the last 3 years, Ironbark have been working with Australian councils, ICLEI Oceania, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) and other data sources to to develop community profiles for councils the length and breadth of the land. As of May 2018, the number of councils we're working to develop community GHG profiles now sits at 80 around Australia. We now have a ready-made program that any Council can access with three differing...

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Street lighting has always been big news in South Australia, especially over the last few years with mainstream media jumping into the fray and discussions around alternative ownership and maintenance models reaching fever pitch. This has all happened in the broader national context where 103 Australian councils have now completed an LED street lighting changeover, representing over 370,000 lights. Come along to our free council webinar on Thursday 15th June at 2pm (ACST) and hear the latest...

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South Australian councils are yet to be given the opportunity to jump on board the LED street lighting revolution. Until now. SA councils are invited to a council-only Public Lighting Forum on Thursday 28th July 2016, 10am-1pm at City of Charles Sturt to learn more about how to overcome the traditional barriers and start changing over to LEDs. The Forum will discuss the pioneering work of 9 leading councils from across South Australia who have been having regular, open and collaborative...

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