Councils set to save substantially with regional approach to lighting

Author: Centroc User
Date: March 12, 2013
Category: Energy, Grants & Funding, Member Councils, Saving Energy

As part of the successful funding in the Federal Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program, Centroc recently went to tender for the supply and installation of energy efficient lighting.

“The work being done building on the successful Australian Government Community Energy Efficiency Program in the region is outstanding, we are saving money and energy and when procuring regionally using industry expertise we win again,” said Cr Ken Keith Chair of Centroc and Mayor of Parkes Shire Council.

Forbes, Parkes, Weddin, Young, Harden, Boorowa, Upper Lachlan, Blayney, Cowra, Lithgow and Cabonne Councils have received matched funding from the Community Energy Efficiency Program for work ranging from the installation of energy efficient lighting to energy efficient heating at swimming pools, but all Centroc members are able to take part in the procurement of energy efficient lighting.

Expert advice was sought on the tender as a number of risks were identified with substandard lighting technologies. Individually, this expert advice would have added up to over $20,000 for councils showing another example of the benefits of working collaboratively.

“We have a separable tender so we can either buy the lights and install them ourselves or have the whole lot done by reputable experts from Central NSW,” said Cr Keith

“The successful tenderer has offered fully refundable audits for lighting of all buildings for participating Councils. As an added benefit is that the company doing the audit is registered with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and has access to funding to reduce the cost of lighting for some technologies,” said Cr Keith.

The cost of electricity has a huge impact on Council’s budgets and this will only go up. By using less and introducing renewables it will help councils save money on their electricity bills and reduce their carbon footprint relating to electricity usage while promoting energy efficiency to their communities.

It is anticipated that this program will increase the energy efficiency of a range of council assets by an average of at least 20%.

This activity received funding from the Australian Government as part of the Community Energy Efficiency Program.

Aus Gov LogoParkes Light InstallEnergy efficient lighting being installed at Parkes Shire Council

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