Eight thousand LED lights shining brightly in New Plymouth

The project to replace old-school streetlights with low-emission LED lights has been been given a glowing report card.

The major project replaced more than 8000 streetlights and it has finished a year ahead of schedule, with the cost for ratepayers ending up close to $2 million under budget.

As well as that the lower-power lights will cut thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions.

NPDC infrastructure manager David Langford says the invest-to-save initiative has exceeded expectations will make a tangible difference to cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the district for decades to come.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the results of this project. It’s fantastic value for money for our ratepayers and it’s done and dusted a year ahead of schedule,” Langford says.

“We take the threat of climate change seriously and this is a real-world solution to cutting emissions.

“Over the next 20 years these LED lights will cut close to 6000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This is just one of many projects from NPDC as we ramp up our approach to tackling climate change.”

He said other benefits over the next 20 years include a $6.53m saving in electricity costs while electricity usage is expected to be reduced by 43.6 million KWh (65 per cent) over the same period.

NPDC started the project in 2015 and the original budget was $5.5m, but a bigger subsidy from the New Zealand Transport Agency and lower costs meant the scheme came in at $3.66m.

The cost for ratepayers was $619,000 compared with a forecast budget of $2.69m.

By the numbers:
* 8,025 streetlights replaced
* 5,970 tonne reduction in COover 20 years
* Five-year project completed a year early
* Project had 81 per cent subsidy from NZTA
* Taranaki Electricity Trust contributed $100,000 for lights in Inglewood and Urenui.