Tue, 28 Apr 2015
WEST Berkshire Council will spend £7.24m on converting all of its street lights to LED lamps over the next two years.
The council has been awarded a £5.07m grant from the Department for Transport on the basis that it agreed to fund the remaining 30 per cent – or £2.17m.
The project, which is estimated to save the council £4.87m over the next 25 years and £310,000 by 2017/18, has been designed to reduce its energy consumption and associated costs.
Net savings of around £120,000 in 2015/16, a further £100,000 in 2016/17 and a further £90,000 in 2017/18 are expected to be achieved.
The council’s Highways and Transport street lighting team has spent the last five years replacing lights with LED units and predicts that 12,600 – or 15 per cent of its stock – will have been converted by the end of 2014/15.
It says that full conversion without the funding would have taken up to 40 years to complete. However, the council now expects the project to be finished within the next two financial years.
The plan was agreed at a meeting of the council’s executive on Thursday April 23.