UK, the authorities of Shetland, announced the subartic archipelagos will be spending more than GBP 2 million (US $3.05 million) to upgrade its streetlights to LEDs.
The local authority will retrofit 3,900 streetlights, additional external lighting on public buildings, leisure centers, ferry terminals and piers – and the council’s share of that lighting could be included in the proposed upgrade to LED lights.
Five years ago, six LED lanterns were installed in Lerwick’s Bank Lane and they have operated “without fault”. Another 125 LEDs have been installed by the council’s roads service when replacing “conventional” lights in the past couple of years.
A report by roads manager Dave Coupe, he noted the existing streetlights on the islands were in “relatively poor condition” and there has been underinvestment.
Most of the lights were installed 25 or more years ago, and many have begun to show varying levels of wear and tear due to long term exposure to Shetland’s climates. Some of these lights have been removed because of safety reasons, but existing maintenance budgets are insufficient to replace them all.
In October 2012, the island council agreed to a policy of managed reduction, which involves keeping streetlights “at locations where it is most needed”. Some of the lights were completely removed and lights in other areas are switched on for only part of the night to save energy.
The council says it has identified projects to reduce the energy costs of heating and lighting buildings including schools, offices and care homes by improving heating and ventilation, replacing light fittings and upgrading insulation.
Michael Stout, the Environment and Transport Committee Chairman, said: “I welcome these reports, which highlight projects which could significantly reduce our carbon footprint as a local authority, and to do our bit to address climate change. In particular, I am very pleased to see support for the business case for LED street lighting that should allow us a cost-effective means of replacing the majority of our ageing streetlights.”