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30 January 2014, 10:50 | Updated: 30 January 2014, 10:51
Plans to replace all current street lighting in Bournemouth with brighter LED lights, have been approved.
It will save the council £750,000 a year.
The project will see just over 16,500 luminaires using Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) fitted, that will better conserve energy and reduce the town’s carbon footprint.
It will also include replacing 1,000 lighting columns.
The completed project will lead to a 73 per cent energy saving in current street lighting consumption and deliver reductions of £32.2m against current projected costs over 20 years. Additionally, 3,700 tonnes of carbon will be saved per year – the equivalent of 19 per cent of current Council emissions.
The new modern LED fittings will emit a crisper and white light and will make street lighting brighter compared to the old kind of yellow street lights.
Councillor Michael Filer, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:
“As part of Bournemouth’s commitment to being a green town it is vital we are always looking at ways to reduce our energy consumption and carbon foot-print. These new LEDs will not only make our streets brighter and safer, but will be helping the town move forward in its journey to becoming more sustainable.
“Once the work has been completed, in each full operating year the Council will be £750,000 better off. This is a great win-win proposal and will help every single resident."