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National Spotlight on RDA Northern Inland energy savings

30 September 2016

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Northern Inland's (NSW) Northern Lights Project, first rolled out in August 2015, has attracted national attention.

The Northern Lights Project, funded with Australian Government and Local Council contributions, has rolled out energy efficient LED street lighting in nine Northern Inland Councils, saving over $400,000 per year.

“We are fielding increasing requests to talk about the success of our Northern Lights Project from right across the country,” said RDA Northern Inland Senior Project Officer David Thompson. “

Mr Thompson recently took the opportunity to discuss the Northern Lights Project on a national scale, by giving a presentation at the 4th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit which was held on 6 and 7 September 2016, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“What we'd like to do now is keep the energy efficiency ball rolling for councils by conducting a similar project for the remaining six councils in our region who were not involved in the initial project. Finding some government funding to implement another project would be helpful because the capital cost of LEDs is higher, though their payback period is still favourable,” said Mr Thompson.

For more information regarding RDA Northern Inland's Northern Lights Project, please visit the RDA Northern Inland website.

Essential Energy contractors installing the new LED street lights.