Local Authorities across the UK recognise the financial and carbon saving benefits of upgrading their energy efficient technology, reducing their carbon emissions and electricity bills.
Gloucestershire County Council is just one example of a local authority championing energy efficiency initiatives by undertaking a three year project to upgrade 55,000 of its street lights across its estate. The council were looking for an effective means of further reducing its carbon emissions from street lighting, which accounts for around 50% of its emissions, having already implemented dimming and part-night lighting. For the Council to meet its 60% emissions reduction target by 2020/21, against the 2006/07 baseline, would require significant investment in street lighting and so the Council opted to review its estate to deliver on this target.
Upon researching the upgrade scheme, implementation options and conducting initial feasibility studies, investment in LED street lighting with Central Management System across the estate was soon identified as a priority project. The upgrades completed so far are expected to save the council in excess of £3.3 million over the lifetime of the technologies.
The new lighting is set to achieve a significant improvement in light quality. A number of councils are using the support of an interest-free government loan, enabling the opportunity for the council to use their funds on other services.
Gloucestershire County Council were the first council to undertake an LED project using an interest-free loan from Salix Finance, a government-funded, not-for-profit organisation, who distribute interest-free loans to the public sector to increase the energy efficiency of public-owned buildings and councils across the UK.
Installation of this technology across Gloucestershire County Council is reducing their carbon footprint and delivering annual savings on street lighting energy consumption in excess of 50% for the Council, saving over £1m annually over the lifetime of the technology.
Hayley Condie, Programme Manager at Salix Finance said: “Gloucestershire County Council were the first council to undertake an LED project using interest-free funding from Salix Finance, as well as utilising both Salix’s recycling fund and loans for their projects. This is assisting them to deliver upgrades across their whole estate.”
Salix Finance is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, funded by the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Department for Education, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.
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