Alexi Lynch and Paul Brown
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. This represents around 16% of all street lights and 23% of all residential (or local) roads. These aren’t “planned projects” but those already completed and this outshines most of Europe, South-East Asia and North America – you can see the entire list of 103 councils here.
In South Australia, the progress has been slower and until last year South Australian councils had not been given the opportunity to jump on board the LED revolution. But things have changed.
In the last few months alone, many councils have made the decision to install LEDs through SAPN’s PLC tariff. Even more have signed up to the SAPN LED tariff, with some projects already beginning and many more to start in the 2017-2018 financial year. All the while the LGA is still negotiation with SAPN around ownership models and Facilities Access Agreements (FAA).
Street lighting is a very nuanced sector that requires an understanding of a broad range of technical, regulatory, financial and relationship challenges. If you want to find out all of the various paths available to your council to successfully implement an LED changeover then join us at our free webinar on South Australian LED Street Lighting on Thursday 15th June at 2pm (ACST). The webinar will cover:
- An analysis of the LED tariff offers from SAPN and our broad recommendation on best tariff for councils.
- Update on the councils that have signed up to various SAPN tariffs.
- Analysis of pedestrian category (P-cat) versus vehicle category (V-cat) lights and findings from the business cases we’ve developed.
- Comment on the LGA business case and how the headline figure of “$196 million in savings” compares with the SAPN tariffs.
- How a Facilities Access Agreement (FAA) would work and the experience in other states.
- Update on contract negotiations between SAPN and councils and the key changes since the initial draft contract was provided to councils late last year.
- The pros and cons of the main street lighting management and ownership models (council owned and managed; engaging third parties; and working with SAPN).
- Latest on council ownership and maintenance in other states especially in Tasmania (where councils have retained ownership) and Queensland (where the state government announced last week that street lighting assets will remain with the distribution businesses).
- How prices are reviewed under regulated models and the experience with councils in other jurisdictions.
- What comes next! How to undertake successful project preparation, design, procurement, oversight and management.
All of the content will be based on Ironbark's work with a dozen leading councils from across South Australia over the last 2 years; regular, open and collaborative discussions with SAPN over the last 2 years; analysis of the LGA's street lighting approach and business case; and updated business cases we've developed for six councils over the last 8 months that has resulted in councils securing funding to undertake an LED project.
Come along and hear the latest news. We'll give an independent analysis of all of the various models available to councils and discuss how your council can start benefitting from the energy savings of installing LEDs but keep your options open to transition to other models (such as council-owned and operated LEDs) if it becomes possible in the future.