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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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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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The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from mercury and mercury compounds. And guess where there is a lot of mercury? Yep, old street lights. Replacements for those old inefficient mercury vapour lights will become increasingly difficult to source by 2020 meaning councils may end up with very expensive stranded assets on their hands. Check out the simple and sweet 2-minute snapshop from Australia's foremost street...

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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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Over the last 3 years, Ironbark have worked with 81 Australian councils to develop community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) profiles (or inventories) for their municipality. It’s fair to say that through this process we have learnt a lot about community data and actions and built a wealth of experience for municipalities of all types! We now have a team of 5 staff at Ironbark working in this area. We held a webinar on Monday 29th October 2018 to provide some big updates...

 

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It's a special moment for councils around Australia with the 500,000th energy efficient street light installed. Light number 500,000 was installed in the City of Campbelltown in the north-east suburbs of Adelaide, which is fitting given the pace of change and number of LEDs now being installed throughout South Australia due to co-operation between Councils and SA Power Networks, which manages and maintains about 200,000 street lights on behalf of councils and the state government.

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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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Ironbark's Paul Brown presented at the WA Local Government (WALGA) Convention in August 2018. The session provided information on what capabilities and capacity currently exists for councils to install and operate their own street lighting and related infrastructure. Things are poised for movement over the next year or so as WA councils and Western Power talk turkey on LED street lighting. We've got LEDs and new tariffs in the wings and some great projects from Esperance and Joondulup which...

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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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In early 2017, Australian local government passed a tremendous milestone with the number of councils that have completed an energy efficient street lighting changeover passing the century mark. There have now been over 462,000 street lights already changed over in Australia to energy efficient alternatives like LED, representing around 18% of all lights and 26% of all residential (or local) roads. While there's still a long way to go, this dwarfs what's happening around the world with only 1% of...

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