Green light may signal LED use in Plymouth’s streets
Plymouth City Council’s street-lighting bill could be cut by 70 per cent, if proposals to use LEDs in all street lights, go ahead.
The city’s 28,000 high-pressure sodium street lights would be replaced with LED luminaires, as part of a £13 million programme of energy-saving measures, being considered by the council’s cabinet on 12 February.
The council said its plans: “directly addresses concerns about fear of crime and road safety highlighted in the most recent household survey”.
Councillor Mark Lowry, cabinet member for finance said: “These projects are all about saving the council tax payer a lot of money and therefore protecting front-line services. Of course they also have considerable other benefits, making our city a safer and more environmentally-friendly place to live and work.”
Other energy-saving measures being considered at the local authority’s cabinet meeting on 12 February include installing solar panels on council buildings and replacing old, inefficient boilers. Councillors expect the proposals will reduce costs by an average of £1.5 million a year during the next 20 years and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 3,200 tonnes each year.