24th Oct, 2016

Borough street lights are being updated to energy-efficient lamps

Solihull Editorial 10th Oct, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

STREET LIGHTS lining the borough’s main roads are being replaced by energy-efficient lamps.

Around 5,300 of the borough’s street lights will be replaced with new, energy efficient LED lamps which promise to provide ‘better quality of light’, reduce the borough’s carbon footprint, and help save more than £275,000 a year in energy savings.

The more efficient LED lamps will cost between £25 and £45 to run each year, compared to the old 150W and 250W lamps which cost respectively around £75 and £125 each to run every year.

The replacements come as part of the second phase of Solihull Council’s Street Lighting Replacement Programme – the first having seen more than 6,000 Mercury Blended Filament Unit (MBFU) lamps replaced with LEDs on residential roads throughout the borough since May 2014.

The programme follows a review of street lighting in 2012 which revealed 27 per cent of the council’s carbon emissions came from street lighting.

It is predicted that energy savings from the entire programme will top £275,000 per annum and save approximately 1,500 tonnes of carbon.

Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways said: “Some of our street lighting is nearly fifty years old so this is a really positive change for the borough.

“While other local authorities are turning off street lights, we are keeping ours on, making them more effective, cheaper and less harmful for the environment.

“This replacement programme will go some way in ensuring that by 2022, the borough’s energy usage and carbon emissions will have been minimised as far as practically possible.”

The 5,300 street lights to be replaced are located along Bradford Road, Chester Road, Collector Road, Kenilworth Road, Stratford Road, and Warwick Road.

Visit www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Parking-travel-roads/street-lighting-replacement-programme formore information on the Street Lighting Replacement Programme.