£5m in energy savings highlighted by County Council as LED street light scheme set to be rolled out in Mansfield
Mansfield residents are set to benefit from 13,500 new energy-saving LED street lights and up to 500 new columns after councillors gave the go-ahead today (Thursday 11 January) to extend the County Council’s street light replacement project.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s energy-saving project to replace half of the county’s 94,000 street lights is already saving tax payers around £1.5m each year in reduced energy bills.
There are 37,500 street lights across the county which have already been converted from old-style, low pressure sodium lights to new, efficient LED lights. Thanks to the new LED lighting installed so far, energy consumption is down 12,000,000kwh - equivalent to £1.5m per year - and carbon emissions reduced by 11,000 tonnes. Overall savings since the beginning of the project total more than £5m.
The £3.2m project is due to start in April 2018 and be completed by April 2019. This major work will be overseen by Via East Midlands, who manage the County’s highways network on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.
Approval for the scheme was given at today’s Communities and Place committee. The Committee Chairman, Councillor John Cottee said,
“This investment is great news. The old-style orange lights in Mansfield are becoming inefficient and impossible to repair. LED lighting generates savings in terms of reduced energy bills, benefiting Nottinghamshire tax payers.
“The new LED’s require very little maintenance, are generally between 60-70 per cent more efficient and have a longer lifespan.
“This work will involve 13,500 lantern and 500 column replacements to improve the overall condition of the county’s lighting stock. Good-quality street lighting is vital to having a excellent, safe highways network, which is a priority for our administration. "