Shedding new light on a smart future – another Australian first
  • Thursday 15 September 2016

The Sunshine Coast will become a pioneer for public lighting under a new master plan endorsed by council today.

The Urban Lighting Master Plan (ULMP) will see Sunshine Coast Council become the first local government in Australia to deploy LED lighting across its entire region.

Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said the ULMP supported council’s vision to be the most sustainable region in Australia: vibrant, green and diverse.

“Sunshine Coast Council’s quest to become Australia’s first local government to offset its entire electricity consumption from renewable energy is powering ahead via our Sunshine Coast Solar Farm at Valdora,” Cr Robinson said.

“This project will also make our Council the first in Australia to deploy LED lighting across the entire region including major and minor roads; use street lighting controls to provide the foundation for the Smart City vision; redesign public lighting on every roadway and deliver the lowest energy usage per kilometre of roadway through the use of high performance LED, innovative design and smart controls.

“The 27,000 street lights on the Sunshine Coast cost council around $4.6 million last financial year and that represents 56% of council’s total electricity costs,” Cr Robinson said.

“Street lighting also consumes more than a third of council’s total energy usage. 

“The Urban Lighting Master Plan aims to improve public lighting outcomes by achieving greater energy efficiency and reduced ongoing costs through the use of new LED and smart control technologies.”

Cr Robinson said the ULMP detailed upgrade plans for 27 locations across the region and would deliver energy savings of around 50%.

“The Plan adopts a host of positive changes including six options with a range of energy savings to cater for local conditions like nearby roads. It also includes a range of LED lights and brackets to suit the look and feel of coastal and hinterland areas,” Cr Robinson said.

“It incorporates a hybrid networking solution that enables the delivery of Smart City Framework services across low, medium and broadband capacity across the Coast. The key benefit of investing in a hybrid bandwidth network would be the cost efficiencies of undertaking the installation simultaneously to LED conversion and accelerating the timeframe for the deployment of smart city initiatives to the broader region which may otherwise take over a decade to deliver.

“The Plan also incorporates a centralised management system to enable defect detection and reporting, scheduled and on-demand dimming, energy metering, asset performance and maintenance history tracking.

“It also proposes an environmental lighting overlay plan across the entire region to guide property developers, sporting clubs and their associated lighting designers to provide public lighting that is safe, energy efficient, smart and sensitive to the environment and consistent with the UN Environment Program Action Plan for the Loggerhead Turtle.”