Red light for solar power along Elegant Corridor

5. července 2013 v 5:59 |  street light
"The discussion has been between LED lights and solar. We put it to the technical persons, the (National) Works Agency, and the persons at the technical level. I personally prefer the concept of solar street lighting, but … given all the considerations, this was the recommendation that they made," McNeill said.

The minister, who was responding to a question posed on the issue during yesterday's Jamaica House briefing, said, "It was something that went through a great technical discussion."

McNeill announced on Tuesday that $400 million was being taken out of the Tourism Enhancement Fund for the project, which involves 27 kilometres of roadway along the north coast highway, which extends from the roundabout at the Sangster International Airport going east to Lilliput.

"The project's design is completed and ready to go to tender. LED lighting, powered directly from the national electric grid, will be used," McNeill said.

The Gleaner understands that the lighting on the Elegant Corridor utilises a similar configuration to that used on the Bogue Road in St James and the Washington Boulevard in St Andrew.

Studies have suggested that the use of LED bulbs results in approximately 50 per cent savings when compared with high-pressure sodium lights.

A government source said Mr Albanese would announce the $5.1 million Lighting the Regions project, which will upgrade 23,000 lights over half of regional Victoria to more energy-efficient technologies.
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The government predicts this will reduce energy consumption by six gigawatt hours per year and save regional communities $40 million over 20 years in energy costs.

"Australians are accustomed to replacing lights in their homes with energy efficient bulbs to save money and help the environment but in their local streets and parks, they see thousands of old and inefficient street lights switched on," the source said.

"Lighting the Regions is about local governments tackling this challenge head on and combining resources to cut energy costs."

Mr Albanese, elected to the role of deputy prime minister last week, will take over the role of prime minister while Kevin Rudd is in China.

The minister for regional development and local government, and infrastructure and transport, will present trophies at the Bendigo Tennis Association before holding a round table discussion with Bendigo NBN rollout support group.

He will then talk at a Labor fund-raiser at Bendigo TAFE's Restaurant 18Eightyseven about Labor's vision for regional Australia and local government Constitutional recognition.

In its 2011 election manifesto, the People's National Party (PNP), of which McNeill is a senior member, said it would be replacing the country's street lights with solar-powered lamps.

The party said that as part of a move toward energy efficiency on the island, it would lead a national public-education campaign in relation to the reduction of the use of electrical energy.

According to the PNP, two principal measures in achieving this outcome would be "the switching over of its 90,000 street lamps to solar photovoltaic lights with the immediate effect of lowering its electricity bill" and "mandating the increased use of renewable sources of energy and the increased use of energy-efficient equipment and processes in government agencies and departments".

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