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National Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project

Tipperary County Council to invest €7 million in National Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project

Tipperary County Council is collaborating in a National Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project, which will see 11,600 lights upgraded to LED across Tipperary.

The national project is being rolled out on a regional basis with Tipperary County Council included in the Eastern region. Kilkenny County Council is leading the project in the region.

Under this contract, 83,000 lights will be upgraded across:

• Carlow County Council
• Kildare County Council
• Kilkenny County Council
• Louth County Council
• Meath County Council
• Offaly County Council
• Tipperary County Council
• Westmeath County Council
• Wicklow County Council

Public lights consume half of all the energy used by Tipperary County Council. Upgrading to LED lights will help the council to meet energy efficient targets while reducing energy and maintenance costs.

Nationally, there are 21 local authorities involved in the project which will upgrade approximately 205,000 public lights, under a total investment of €150 million. Once complete, the project will reduce CO2 emissions by 20,000 tonnes each year, while saving the local authorities €12m in energy and maintenance costs annually.

Cllr. Roger Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council said:

“Tipperary County Council is delighted to be involved in the National Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project. Local authorities are committed to leading on climate action, reducing carbon emissions in our operations, and meeting our energy efficiency targets. This project takes a big step in that direction as public lighting currently accounts for half of all the energy we use.”

Marcus O’Connor, Director of Roads and Transportation at Tipperary County Council said:

“Retrofitting public lighting to LED is not only good for the planet, it will also save us up to 55% on our energy and maintenance costs, while improving light quality. Advancements in LED technology allow for an improved visual environment, enhanced public safety and reduced light pollution through dimming and trimming. The Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project is a really good example of public sector efficiency, with the regionalised approach offering economies of scale and consistency in approach and standards.”