WHAT IS LIGHTING THE WEST?
The Lighting the West project is a partnership between Wyndham City, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay to bring sustainable street lighting to the west.
As part of the project, over 26,000 80W mercury vapour street lights have been changed to energy efficient technology across the municipalities. Across the four Councils, this will result in 176,117 tonnes reduction in equivalent carbon dioxide emissions over 20 years and a $1.4 million saving in 2015 alone.
The enhanced quality and reliability of street lighting will lead to a number of social benefits including reducing light spill and improved community safety.
Councils are already seeing significant savings on energy bills by adopting these and other energy efficient principles. At home residents have benefit too, with a number of held to promote the benefits of being energy efficient, across the four municipalities. The savings made as part of this project will allow Councils to reinvest in other areas which will bring a wide range of benefits to the community.
Lighting the West received $2.47 million in Federal funding for Wyndham, Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay and $1.5 million for Maribyrnong.