Devon streetlights set to be converted to energy efficient LED

Streelight contractors. Picture: Stuart Nicol Photography,

Streelight contractors. Picture: Stuart Nicol Photography, - Credit: Stuart Nicol Photography

Some 79,000 streetlight across Devon will be converted to LED lights within the next two years – reducing carbon emissions by 75 per cent.

It comes as SSE Contracting (SSEC) has been awarded the contracts to maintain the streetlights in Devon and Torbay for the next 10 years – with the aim of the contract being carbon neutral by 2030.

Around 34,000 streetlights have already been converted to low energy LED technology since 2015, as well as the replacement of more than 5,400 streetlighting columns.

Improvement will also be made to the county’s Central Management System which remotely monitors and operates lighting more flexibly and efficiently.

SSEC’s response to Covid-19 is to look at opportunities across its contracts to re-train and employ local people out of work due to the pandemic.

They are keen to support economic recovery through increasing the number of local contractors and suppliers used which will in turn, help local employment and bring benefits to the local area.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “The streetlighting contract is extremely important as we continue to reduce our carbon emissions, and this new contract will enable us to develop our well-established collaboration with SSEC.

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“Streetlights accounts for a significant amount of the Council’s emissions, and working with SSEC will help us make further energy and carbon savings.

“The conversion to LEDs alone will reduce carbon emissions by more than 15,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 8,000 cars off the road.”

Derek Bell, SSEC Head of Operations Regional Lighting, said: “We’re committed to supporting the local economy in Devon and Torbay, building on our strong relationships with suppliers and contractors in the area.

“We recognise the added pressure that local authorities are under and we’re keen to support economic recovery wherever possible while also delivering significant energy savings.”

SSE is also committed to all of its vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes being electric by 2030, and for its depots to be carbon zero by 2025.

Its regular supply chain partners are also aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

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