The $3.76 million Accelerated Energy Efficient Street Lighting Project is also aimed at increasing pedestrian and vehicle safety.
“The new lights will require far less maintenance than the former lights and have been installed with a 10-year warranty. They offer significant financial benefits to Councils, with savings expected throughout their lifetime,” said Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash in a statement.
The lights offer a higher level of security with lighting levels three times brighter than the former lights, however overall energy consumption is reduced.
Lord Mayor of Hobart Sue Hickey said in a statement that with this grant funding, the City of Hobart has been able to replace 2300 80-watt mercury vapour street lights with 18-watt lights, which has yielded considerable energy savings.
“In addition, we were able to install new festoon lighting along a section of Sandy Bay Road and new LED lighting in the redeveloped community hub of Mathers Place and in the Wapping precinct,” she said.
“We have received excellent feedback from the community on the much-improved lighting throughout the city and are thrilled that Hobart now has a safer, cleaner and more efficient lighting system.”
Mayor of Glenorchy Kristie Johnston said the environmental and financial savings achieved through this project will have a lasting benefit for the Glenorchy communities.
“In the 2013−14 financial year, the Glenorchy City Council spent over $1.06 million on street lighting,” she said.
“For the 2015−16 financial year, it is expected Council spend will be $624,000—a huge decrease of $436,000.”