South Australian Public Lighting Forum - Thursday 28th July 2016

Throughout Australia there is an energy efficiency revolution occurring with local governments installing energy efficient street lighting to replace old inefficient and expensive technology. Lights are being changed over in their hundreds of thousands and it’s only been in the last few years that these projects have exploded into the mainstream. Given that street lighting is the single largest source of electricity use from Australian local governments, more councils from all around the country are looking to use proven and successful models that deliver real action on the ground.

However, South Australian councils are yet to be given the opportunity to jump on board this revolution. Until now.

South Australian councils were invited to a council-only Public Lighting Forum in late July 2016 at City of Charles Sturt to learn more about how to overcome the traditional barriers and start changing over to LEDs. The Forum summarised the pioneering work of 9 leading councils from across South Australia who have been having regular, open and collaborative discussions with SA Power Networks (SAPN) to negotiate access to large scale LED replacement programs in SA. We also heard from the Local Government Association of South Australia on their current work negotiating with SAPN.

Paul Brown and Alexi Lynch from Australia’s foremost public lighting experts, Ironbark Sustainability, along with one of the most experienced South Australian local government sector experts, Adam Gray, presented alongside Andrew Legrand from the LGA.

Download the Key Information

The forum has concluded but you can download all of the key information below, or contact us if you want to discuss further. 

Less Talk More Action

Street lighting is a very nuanced sector that requires an understanding of a broad range of technical, regulatory, financial and relationship challenges. There are many ways forward and this forum covered all of the various paths available to your Council to successfully implement an LED changeover. It included:

  • How to develop your own comprehensive financial and technical feasibility analysis or business case
  • The pros and cons of the main street lighting management and ownership models:
    • Council owned and managed
    • Engaging Third Parties, and
    • Working with SAPN
  • An analysis of the LED tariff offers from SAPN
  • Analysis on how negotiations between councils and other key stakeholders can result in successful outcomes.
  • A presentation of the state-wide South Australian business case, “Safe and Sustainable Public Lighting” incorporating latest tariffs from SAPN and energy price projections from AEMO
  • Council experiences in other states (including the drivers and their challenges from the successful Victorian model; the approach of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast; the northern NSW model; the WSROC Light Years Ahead project in Western Sydney, the Local Government Association of Tasmania project; and more).
  • The costs involved in undertaking a project, including materials, installation, project management and on-going energy and maintenance costs.
  • Financing LED street lighting projects
  • The latest in Smart Lighting and Smart Cities: separating the myths to the practical options for councils
  • Best practice public lighting: from street lighting to open space to overall management
  • The different challenges faced by inner city and growth area councils
  • How to manage waste and recycling issues

Find out More and Ask More Questions

We had a lot of questions before and after the forum. Councils have asked us, "why are LED projects taking so long to get off the ground in SA?", "are there other lighting suppliers to the market?", "what are the funding or financing opportunities out there?", "how much do these projects generally cost?" and more.

Start by downloading the presentations and report and then free to contact us to ask anything you like about the experience of street lighting projects in other states and internationally, as well the latest on how Australian councils are going retaining ownership of new LED lighting assets.