Smarter Street Lights for our region

Lisa Chesters, Labor candidate for Bendigo, has welcomed the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese that street lights in regional Victoria will be upgraded to more energy efficient technology.

The upgrade will reduce energy consumption by a massive 6 gigawatts hours per annum – equivalent to the energy used by around 1,000 Bendigo households every year.

The Federal Labor Government will provide $5.1 million to a consortium of councils, led by the City of Greater Bendigo Council, for the Lighting the Regions project.

Ms Chesters said that Lighting the Regions is Australia's largest regional street lighting upgrade project, covering nearly half of regional Victoria including 16 councils and 140,000 households. In our area, the City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon Shire Council and Mount Alexander Shire Council will all benefit from the project.

The project aims to upgrade almost 23,000 lights to more energy efficient technology, which would save regional communities $40 million over 20 years in energy costs.

“This project is a great example of the innovative projects being funded by the carbon price under the Clean Energy Future package”, Ms Chesters said.

“Improving energy efficiency across the economy will play a pivotal role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next 20 years.”

“Smart projects like this will help transition Australia towards a clean energy future.”

Funding for the Lighting the Regions project will be provided through the Community Energy Efficiency Program. The project is expected to be completed in June 2016.