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PLC versus SAPN LED Tariff: Everything SA Councils Need to Know in Our Independent 3-Page Cheat Sheet

May 2019

Since 2016, around 50,000 street lights have been changed to LED in South Australia. This includes around 40,000 on SAPN poles, where councils pay the electricity and maintenance through lighting tariffs. The remaining 10,000 are mainly on DPTI roads.

> Download PLC versus SAPN LED Tariff: What’s the Difference? The Independent 3-Page Cheat Sheet now! 

The move to LED is inescapable. All mercury vapour lights – which are the overwhelming majority of council lights – will change to LED. Nearly all will be changed over by 2024. 

What's more, councils will pay for this change. There is no getting around this. This means councils will be paying for the hardware, the installation and ancillary project management costs. While there are a lot of red herrings in the detail of the different tariffs being offered to SA councils, at the end of the day it's really just a matter of determining when you make the change to LED and how you're going to pay for it.

Either you jump on the front foot and plan, fund and manage it yourself, or it will eventually be taken out of your hands through a variety of reasons we outline in the 3-page "cheat sheet" report below.

So Which is Best for My Council?

Your choice is to either pay for the changeover yourself (through capital or operational budget or borrowing from a lender like a bank or LGA Finance) or you can borrow from SAPN at very high interest rates. This is the key difference you need to know when determining which tariff you move onto. 

  • Under the PLC tariff (highly recommended), council funds the project through internal funding and/or borrowing at a low interest rate.
  • Under the SAPN LED tariff (only to be considered as a last resort) council is borrowing money from SAPN. SAPN are not a bank and don't offer great interest rates so you pay a lot more

Start by clicking on our LED Tariff Flow-Chart on the right and follow the course to find out where you sit. 

The 3-Page Cheat Sheet

Then download the report that sums it all up with a case study and some simple graphs, PLC versus SAPN LED Tariff: What’s the Difference? The Independent 3-Page Cheat Sheet. The report is designed for council officers to be able to explain the difference to senior management and make an informed decision and is based on Ironbark's work with the Cities of Burnside, Campbelltown, Charles Sturt, Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham, Mount Barker, Onkaparinga, Port Pirie, Tea Tree Gully, Unley and Victor Harbor (to name a few) as well as hundreds of councils around Australia and negotiation of the LED tariffs with SAPN over the last four years.

For more information or to organise a briefing for your council just contact us and we can provide all the information you need to make an informed decision.

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