Amey starts work this month on a £10 million-plus street lighting programme for Walsall Council – converting its 23,000 street lights into LEDs with a central monitoring system technology.
Amey’s team will carry out work to deliver an energy-efficient lighting solution offering the ability to control light output in accordance with local need while maintaining appropriate lighting standards.
The conversion will also reduce energy consumption – contributing to the council’s target to become carbon-neutral by 2050.
The current annual carbon emission from Walsall’s street lighting is 7,715 tonnes. Following the conversion of lighting to LED and CMS, annual emissions are anticipated to fall to 2,589 tonnes.
The council also expects that the provision of modern street lighting infrastructure will assuage the fear of crime, as LEDs will provide instant light output at full power without the need for a gradual warm-up period.
Nick Powell, account director at Amey, said: “The works will increase energy saving, improve service delivery and will enable lighting to respond to citizen needs.
“We know from experience that these works will save on average in excess of 60% energy usage for the council, reducing costs as well as saving thousands of tons of carbon emission involved in generating electricity.”
“Implementation of this project will reduce light pollution into residential and commercial premises. The colour-rendering properties of LED technology improve the recognition of colours and shapes, making it safer for motorists and pedestrians to travel at night.”
Dave Brown, director of place and environment at Walsall Council, said: “Conversion of streetlights to LED and CMS control forms an integral strand of the Walsall Council Climate Emergency Action Plan 2020-2025.
“The fault reporting facilities within the CMS will further reduce the need for on-site routine maintenance checks and therefore ongoing maintenance costs.
“As well as these benefits, by investing to save now, we are protecting the public purse for the future.”