New LED Lights for Morav Council
Moray Council to upgrade the region's street lighting at almost £1m under budget.
16:29 10 June 2021
Moray Council's project to upgrade the region's street light is expected to be completed this year.
The scheme, which began in 2015, was expected to be completed within five years and cost £5million. The work, which involves replacing 17,000 lanterns is now 95per cent complete at an estimated cost of £4.118million.
Council leader Graham Leadbitter (Elgin South, SNP), said: "Taking advantage of the advances in technology, as well as grant funding opportunities, has made this spend-to-save project a particular success.
"The bulk of the work was completed by our in-house team.
"All credit to them for seeing this project through to its conclusion.
"The energy cost savings, carbon footprint reduction and contribution this project has made to part of the area receiving Dark Sky status is a real success story for Moray."
The council confirms that their energy consumption has dropped by two-thirds because of the new LED lights. This amounts to a reduction in the council's carbon footprint of more than 5000 tonnes of CO² to date, with further falls of 954 tonnes likely each year.