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TOPIC: Reducing Energy Bills and Creating Safer Communities

Reducing Energy Bills and Creating Safer Communities 3 months, 2 weeks ago #1

Typically, a fifth of authorities’ energy bills are spent on street lighting. As a result of rising energy prices and likely future increases, local authorities are facing ever greater pressure to reduce their energy use and, at the same time, meet their carbon reduction targets. Unlike much of the local authority energy bill, street lighting energy consumption can be more easily controlled and reduced. Improved street lighting can reduce the fear of crime and accidents. Simply switching street lights off is not an option as it fuels the fear of crime, accidents, the costs of any associated damage claims and can create unhealthy ‘no-go areas’ within communities. Independent reports confirm that improved street lighting reduces the number of night-time accidents by 45% on average.
 
Optimising Well-being

The impact of lighting on spaces in the local environment can maximise Well-being by stimulating social interaction and strengthening social networks through lighting designs that reflect residents’ priorities for outdoor sports facilities and community gardens. People feel safe in an environment where they can perceive colour correctly and distinguish facial features easily. Resident feedback suggests overwhelming support for newly installed “white-light” lighting schemes with particularly increased perception of improved night time road safety and sense of personal security. Increasingly local authorities are looking at their energy bills and ways to reduce and control usage.

Local authorities increasingly want greater control over their lighting usage.

More modular LED designs are now available which require minimal maintenance and incorporate components which are upgradable in the future.
Intelligent management systems, such as SSE’s Mayflower Complete Lighting Control system, give authorities extensive monitoring of, and greater control over, their street lighting. These facilities enable authorities to future proof the management of their street lighting assets. This technology creates lighting designs that reflect residents’ priorities by maximising well-being, boosting the night-time economy and creating a safer night-time environment. Smart authorities are increasingly choosing to switch from traditional street lighting to LED units and intelligent management systems

SSE’s solutions can work for your authority

SSE is a strong UK-based company
SSE is a FTSE100 energy company and the most successful street lighting contractor in the UK, currently maintaining over 1.5 million street lights. Key customers include local authorities in Hampshire, Southampton, West Sussex, Nottingham and Knowsley.
SSE understands that no two local authorities have the same issues. SSE is keen to work jointly with its customers to find the particular range of new technology solutions which will most effectively meet their specific set of needs.
SSE draws on its wealth of experience in the street lighting markets to deliver bold solutions that will use the latest technology to improve the flexibility and management of authorities’ streetlighting assets. Fit and Forget
Our solutions reduce energy usage, save money and, by utilising the latest developments in ‘Fit and Forget’ lamp and flexible control technology, provide long term solutions.
SSE is not an equipment supplier or consultant and does not promote any particular lantern manufacturer and can, therefore, more effectively tailor its solutions to its customers’ requirements.
Invest to Save
SSE is an energy company and not a bank, however, our market experience enables us fully to understand the funding options which are most suited to an authority. SSE is prepared to enter into Invest to Save projects with energy savings used to pay for initial capital investment.
You need a partner that has a proven track record working with leading authorities and getting the most from the available funding
Last Edit: 3 months, 2 weeks ago by Matthew Abbott.

Re: Reducing Energy Bills and Creating Safer Communities 1 week, 1 day ago #2

West Berkshire Council have a number of LED street-light units already fitted in a number of residential areas as a pilot exercise.

More recently LED units have been fitted along a section of one of the main arterial roads through the Councils area as a pilot. The effectiveness of the units is being monitored and if the outcomes match expectations then the Council would consider rolling out further installations on other roads within the Councils area.

Industry experts suggest that LED lamps provide a quality of light suited to road conditions. They are also claimed to last longer than standard sodium lamps and use less energy. Savings, both financial and in terms of carbon emissions, could be substantial if LEDS deliver on their expectations and the shape of any future plans to increase adoption of the technology."
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