Street lighting in Denbighshire will be modernised thanks to government funding worth nearly £1.7 million.
Over 11,700 street lights in the county will be replaced with newer and more efficient technology as part of a six-year project to reduce energy consumption. Plans include using white lights and LED to replace existing equipment and bringing in a system for dimming and managing lighting.
Denbighshire councillors say many street lights are outdated and inefficient and updating the equipment can help reduce the local authority’s footprint and help them meet increased costs.
Steve Parker, Head of Highways and Environmental Services, said: “The council’s street lighting electricity costs increased by over 10% during the 2014/15 financial year, which led to an increase of £35k on the current street lighting energy bill. The cost to run the lighting was £345,340 and with the certainty of increases in electricity tariffs this additional increase would have placed an additional burden on the street lighting budget.
“Any further increases in energy costs would have an adverse effect on the Council’s ability to maintain existing lighting to its current standards. That is why we had to consider applying for a large investment, to ensure the sustainability of the service”.
The council added the use of LED lighting on Denbighshire’s main roads has already led to cost savings to around £100,000 a year.