As part of its long term Asset Management Strategy (HAMS) the team identified innovative technology in order to reduce costs and make the lighting equipment more sustainable.
A business case was developed to support a match funding bid for ‘Carbon Offset Funding’. This bid was successful awarding the Council £400k from this fund over two years. The Council has match funded this to provide an overall budget of £800k for the project.
The new energy saving products that will be implemented across the city include high reflectivity bollards, solar powered signs, direct drive LED lamps and bespoke designed low energy lighting on the grid road roundabouts.
The roll out has already been done in CMK, Olney and Newport Pagnell and is due to visit New Bradwell, Wolverton, Stony Stratford, Oldbrook, Fishermead and Springfield over the next six weeks. From April/May Conniburrow, Bradwell Common, Downs Barn, Bletchley and Woburn will also see new technology installed.
During the resurfacing and street lighting column upgrades programme in 2017, the illuminated furniture on the grid roads within the scheme are will also be converted to low energy.
In order to maximise effectiveness of the new technology, a selection ‘matrix’ has been developed to ensure that the right replacement part for each and every location is allocated correctly. This will save time and ensure all the equipment is used efficiently and to maximum effectiveness.
Once the new low energy lighting equipment is rolled out across the borough we expect to see energy saving costs of 60-70% per annum with similar reductions in maintenance costs for the Council.