Watts Working Better street light upgrade
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The Watts Working Better project enabled 11 regional Victorian Councils to collectively achieve an energy efficient street light retrofit program.
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The $4.96 million project was launched in 2014 and saw more than 13,600 street lights upgraded to energy efficient alternatives at its conclusion in May 2016.The switch to energy efficient street lights will reduce carbon emissions by 106,700 tonnes over the next 20 years and save partner Councils millions of dollars in the cost of electricity and maintenance.
Coordinated by the GBGA, Watts Working Better involved the partner Councils of Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Moira, Benalla, Strathbogie, Wangaratta, Mansfield, Murrindindi and Mitchell, with Indigo and Towong Shire Councils also coming on board later in the project.
The Watts Working Better project is unique in that it also delivered important community outcomes through its recycling component, whereby almost 98.5 per cent of old lights were diverted from landfill and instead dismantled and recycled. This recycling program relied on the formation of robust partnerships with a number of businesses and organisations including Connect GV and provided people with a disability the opportunity to gain pre-vocational skills and social connection.
The street light upgrade was completed in a number of stages over several years and involved replacing existing street lights with more energy efficient T5 fluorescent or LED lights. Its success was recognised in 2015 when Watts Working Better received the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Award in the Built Environment category.
The project will save an estimated $1.08 million annually and $21.6 million across partner Councils over the projected 20-year life of the lights and highlights what can be achieved through the formation of effective partnerships.
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