Built Environment Winner
GOULBURN BROKEN GREENHOUSE ALLIANCE
Watts Working Better
Street lighting represents the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions for most councils and is the single largest, sometimes up to 25 percent, utility cost in electricity consumed and maintenance of council’s electricity costs.
The $4.68 million Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance’s Watts Working Better street lighting replacement project will see 12,661 street lights upgraded to more energy efficient lighting, slashing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 90,000 tonnes over the project’s 20 years life
The switch will reduce energy use by 3.6 million kWh per year, and save an estimated $782,921 annually or $15.6 million across the nine councils. The advanced street lighting technology reduces operational costs and allow councils to implement sustainable development principles.
Coordinated by the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance, the Watts Working Better project involves the partner councils of Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Moira, Benalla, Strathbogie, Wangaratta, Mansfield, Murrindindi and Mitchell.