Tuesday December 23rd 2014
According to the Plymouth Heard, Plymouth is investing in a citywide lighting upgrade that will see its energy bill reduced by over £1 million a year.
Around 11,000 energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) lamps have been installed into street lights as part of an £8 million programme to replace all of the city council’s 29,000 lights.
Installation is being carried out in phases by the council’s street lighting maintenance contractor Cartledge Limited, as part of an 18 month long project which began in August.
Plymouths new street lamps emit a whiter and clearer light, which makes it easier for people to see and has been shown to improve visibility for drivers.
Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “While councils all over the country are turning their street lights off to make short-term savings, we’re taking steps to ensure we can keep ours on and still significantly reduce our energy spend. By replacing our street lights with LED lamps we expect to see a 70 per cent reduction in energy use and carbon emissions – without having to turn any of our street lights off.” That’s good news for the environment and good news for our Council taxpayers.”
Plymouth is among the first wave of cities in the UK to replace all its street lights with LED units.