The ACT Government owns more than 78,000 lights on streets, footpaths, arterial roads and in various public parks and other open spaces around the ACT. Public lighting is the ACT Government’s highest use of electricity (25 per cent) and produces 18 per cent of the Government’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Carbon Neutral Government Framework noted the importance of energy efficiency upgrades of streetlighting.
The ACT Government has approached the market, for a complete management solution for our streetlights, delivering energy efficiency upgrades, as well as a ‘backbone’ platform for future Smart City options.
Through improved energy efficiency, the Government will consume less electricity and significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Upgrading the Territory’s streetlights will give us a safer, more sustainable, leading digital city.
Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) owns over 78,000 streetlights and footpath lights in the ACT. Roads ACT currently maintains the network. As of 30 June 2017, ActewAGL no longer carry out streetlight maintenance.
Current streetlight maintenance objectives are focused on protecting public safety, improving levels of service and reducing energy consumption.
The streetlight maintenance program is currently being carried out by Roads ACT whilst preparing to enter into an Energy Performance Contract. In the interim, Roads ACT has engaged two local contractors (Affinity Electrical and Ecowise Services) to carry out streetlight maintenance. Due to the high lamp failure rate that occurs in Winter Roads ACT are working internally and with contractors to carry out streetlight maintenance and the number of outages across Canberra.
TCCS has implemented an expanded electrical safety inspection program. The expanded program has commenced in high pedestrian zones including Town Centres and Group Centres.
Any information you can provide about a fault or outage can help us fix the problem sooner. If you see a fault please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 and avoid unnecessary contact. Alternatively, streetlight repairs can be reported via the Fix My Street online service accessible through www.act.gov.au/fixmystreet.
Canberrans are reminded that like the electrical devices in your home such as the toaster or kettle, streetlights and other public electric assets can become a hazard when faulty. TCCS is committed to providing safe and reliable public assets and the community’s help in identifying faults will allow us to take appropriate action sooner.
TCCS will enter into an Energy Performance Contract for the operation, maintenance and upgrade of the streetlight network over a seven year period. A significant proportion of Canberra’s streetlight network will be upgraded to LED, significantly increasing electrical safety and improving energy efficiency. The official contract announcement will be made shortly.
You can contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or via the feedback link on the Access Canberra Website.