Alexi Lynch and Paul Brown
The last few years have been exciting times for street lighting in South Australia, with rising energy prices and extensive public discussion around alternative ownership and maintenance models. In the last few months alone, many councils have made the decision to install energy efficient LEDs, with some projects already beginning and many more to start in the 2017-2018 financial year. Even more excitingly, councils are actively exploring smart lighting, while negotiation between SAPN and LGASA around different access models continues.
Following multiple requests from councils who could not attend the LED Street Lighting Forum held on Wednesday 26th July at the City of Marion, Ironbark will be running a repeat of this forum via webinar on Friday 11th August, 12:30pm-2pm.
This is all happening in the broader national context where more than 100 Australian councils have now completed an LED street lighting changeover, replacing over 370,000 lights and saving millions of tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions. This represents more than 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, and has allowed councils to dramatically cut their single largest source of electricity usage.
Following Ironbark’s successful South Australian LED Street Lighting Webinar in June, we've had many requests for more information about project implementation and "next steps" and our free, council-only South Australian Street Lighting Webinar will cover:
- An update on the current situation in South Australia, including an overview of current LED tariff offerings and updates on councils already committed to projects.
- Information on current funding options as well as smart lighting funding bids.
- What happens next? Lessons on project planning and implementation from projects around Australia.
- The importance of councils getting in the driver’s seat to be involved in project planning discussions with SAPN as much as possible and as early as possible.
- How to plan and prepare for a street lighting project to maximise the benefits to councils and their communities.
- Key tips on project design, including effectively involving key stakeholders and thinking strategically about potential co-benefits from the project. This could involve incorporating safety and other improvements into the lighting design process and ensuring that a rigorous data management process is implemented to increase the accuracy of councils’ street lighting inventories.
- Managing internal and external communications throughout the project. Street lighting projects involve a diverse range of stakeholders, including internal council staff and Councillors, SAPN, street lighting installers and residents. We will discuss the key elements of an effective communications plan that can be put in place at the beginning of a project.
- Making smart lighting work for councils, including: governance arrangements, ownership and control of data, future-ready technology and the importance of being involved in negotiations throughout the process.
The forum 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; the updated business cases we've developed for six councils and our work preparing a funding bid for three South Australian councils for the Federal Government’s Smart Cities Program.