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2015 Winner - Built Environment

Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance

Watts Working Better

Street lighting represents the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions for most councils and is the single largest, sometimes up to 25 per cent, utility cost in electricity consumed and maintenance of council’s electricity costs.

The $4.68 million Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance’s Watts Working Better street lighting replacement project will see 12,661 street lights upgraded to more energy efficient lighting, slashing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 90,000 tonnes over the project’s 20 years life.

The switch will reduce energy use by 3.6 millionkWh per year, and save an estimated $782,921 annually or $15.6 million across the nine councils. The advanced street lighting technology reduces operational costs and allow councils to implement sustainable development principles.

Coordinated by the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance, the Watts Working Better project involves the partner councils of Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Moira, Benalla, Strathbogie, Wangaratta, Mansfield, Murrindindi and Mitchell.

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