Cork County Council through its Public Lighting Maintenance Contractor, SSE Airtricity Utility Solutions, has undertaken a project which has upgraded the public lighting infrastructure on all of the seven inhabited islands off the County Cork Coastline to the most up to date technology in Public Lighting type, LED lighting.
The installation of LED lighting offer long-term benefits to island residents, by providing suitable lighting and reducing the frequency of maintenance interventions, as LED lights are more enduring that the traditional lighting types. It also helps to reduce the carbon footprint of the islands by improving their energy efficiency as these lights use approximately half of the energy of the lights they will replace.
The upgrades have been completed on Bere Island, Cape Clear Island, Heir Island, Long Island, Sherkin Island, Dursey Island and Whiddy Island.
In addition, Cork County Council leads a €140m programme to replace inefficient public lights. This programme will result in a major saving on energy bills for 24 local authorities.
Cork County Council has shared the first infographic of this programme where big numbers already demonstrate its positive impact.
It is anticipated that without this project the majority of local authorities would not reach their statutory energy efficiency targets for 2020. Once fully retrofitted it is estimated that this project will achieve huge savings and result in an equivalent carbon dioxide reduction of 31000 tonnes per annum.
Mr. Padraig Barrett, Head of Cork County Council’s Roads & Transportation Directorate, said that 30,000 lights will be replaced in County Cork, at an estimated cost of €14m. At a national level, there will be more than 280,000 lights to be retrofitted.
The new energy-saving lights will be installed only on existing poles as this does not require planning permission.