Street lights replaced to save council money on electricity bill

RENEWAL: Street lights across the district are set to be replaced with LED technology.

A district-wide replacement of Selwyn’s old street lights will get under way in a bid to save electricity costs.

The district council will replace its stock of about 5800 street lights with LED technology as part of a three-year renewal programme.

The New Zealand Transport Agency recently approved a funding business case for the district council to replace its lights.

The business case found the cost of the renewal programme of $3.3 million would have a payback period of four to six years based on the energy cost savings of the LED lighting.

NZTA has recently increased its funding assistance rate from 49 per cent, to 85 per cent for LED street lighting associated with roads. It is available until the next financial year.

A Canterbury Regional Transport Committee report said the district council wishes to take advantage of the NZTA’s enhanced funding assistance.

Funding has already been approved by the district council through its 2017/18 annual plan for the renewal programme.

District councillor Murray Lemon said the LED renewal light programme was a no-brainer.

“It was an up front cost but when you look at the operational cost it virtually paid for itself,” Cr Lemon said.

District councillors first had a presentation from district council staff on the programme about six months ago.