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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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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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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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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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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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Procuring, commissioning and monitoring rooftop solar. Hmmm, not the sexiest topics agreed, but important ones that can avoid ongoing headaches in council-land. And with Harry Fricke of Moonee Valley and Peter Vun of Kur-ring-gai councils imparting not only years of solar experience but also actual tender and maintenance documents, there is nothing to gain but valuable knowledge, even for those who think they are old hat at solar projects. This is guaranteed to save councils time when procuring...

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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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Since 2012, Victorian councils have purchased hundreds of thousands of LED street lights through the MAV's standing panel of approved street lights. Leveraging the combined purchasing power of councils has resulted in economies of scale and seen councils saved up to 45% in capital costs of street lights and months of procurement headaches. Given the success of the initial standing panel, in early 2016 the tender was refreshed and the updated pricing table is now available to all Victorian...

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2014 has finished on a high with councils around Australia following best-practice energy efficiency project examples and installing more LEDs and other energy efficient street lights than ever before. Over the last 6 months alone Ironbark has been project managing dozens of street lighting installations throughout Victoria and has also been engaged by councils and local government bodies in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Queensland to provide advice and...

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