Special Webinar: How to Change Your Street Lights: The Barriers Have Been Overcome

When: Thursday 25th September, 11am-12pm AEST
Where: Your desk
How: Reserve your seat here

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Throughout Australia there is somewhat of an energy efficiency revolution occurring with local governments installing energy efficient street lighting such as LEDs 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 greenhouse gas emissions from local government, more councils from all around the country are looking to use proven and successful models that deliver real action on the ground. 

Councils have Overcome the Old Barriers 

In 2011 Ironbark Sustainability was commissioned by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency to consult with councils, Distribution Network Services Providers (DNSPs) and main road authorities around the development of a National Energy Efficient Street Lighting Strategy to drive change nationally.

As a part of the development of this Strategy, we collated information on barriers to improving street lighting energy efficiency in Australia via a nation-wide survey. The strong response (over 200 respondent organisations) to the survey is consistent with the complex nature of the issue of energy efficiency in street lighting and the main barriers identified by councils were costs (most commonly capital cost); expertise and time to deal with the complexity of street lighting; and delays around lighting approvals and working with external stakeholders.

However the traditional barriers that councils faced have been overcome, and in many jurisdictions completely destroyed

How to Change your Lights: The Five Stages

It’s taken over a decade of hard work, small wins and occasional setbacks but there is now a clear and simple model that is proven to work. Every council we have worked with have gone through the following tried and tested process, broken up into five clear stages:

  1. Prepare (develop a business case or financial and technical feasibility analysis)
  2. Fund (through internal and/or external sources, including financing options)
  3. Define (develop the Project Plan, Design Plan and Communication Plans)
  4. Procure (purchase the materials, the installers and the project managers
  5. Manage (on-going oversight, liaison with key stakeholders, reporting and ensuring electricity and maintenance savings are flowing through to councils) 

Council Webinar on how to Successfully Deliver a Street Lighting Project 

A lot of people talk about street lighting. A lot of people talk up the barriers. And a lot of people talk up the excuses. Barriers, excuses and politics have been around for decades but we now know projects can be implemented and completed. 

And from our experience councils are more interested in delivering quality projects on time and on budget.  

In this webinar we’ll be talking about getting projects delivered successfully. We’ll be hearing from people who have delivered real projects and overcome all the main barriers for their council. The focus won't be on what is theoretically possible but what has actually been delivered and completed and the common threads across successful projects.

Who is Presenting

  • Heidi Hamm from South Gippsland Shire Council will talk about their regional street lighting project, which was completed in June 2014. South Gippsland Shire is a small regional council area and all of their lights have now been changed over
  • Marc Cassenet from Wyndham City Council will talk about their massive LED rollout as a part of the Lighting the West partnership. Wyndham is one of the largest (and fastest-growing) councils in Australia and the installation of over 12,000 lights has begun.
  • Paul Brown and Alexi Lynch from Ironbark Sustainability will talk about their experiences in working nationally on street lighting efficiency and what they’ve learnt from assisting councils and regions in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, SA, WA and Tasmania to progress street lighting bulk change projects.

Who Should Attend

This is for council staff who are tired of being told there are all these barriers to getting projects delivered when clearly the barriers have fallen.

This is for councils who have in some jurisdictions been waiting since the late 1990’s.

This is a circuit breaker for those councils tired of receiving the same advice that has created zero results for the past 15-20 years.

Click here to reserve your seat now.

There will be plenty of time for questions throughout the webinar. Every question will be answered! If we don’t have time on the day there will be a follow up report for all attendees with all questions answered.