Lincolnshire’s traffic lights go green
Lincolnshire’s traffic lights go green thanks to council’s Salix fund
The Lincolnshire Highways Alliance is currently installing over 1,400 new low-energy LED light systems in traffic lights and at pedestrian crossings across the county, in a bid to reduce the county’s carbon footprint and save money.
Tim Clark, traffic signals manager, said:
“The new LED light systems will be up to six times more energy efficient. We estimate that they will reduce carbon emissions by 300 tonnes every year. Hopefully they will last about ten years, which will deliver an energy saving of about £60,000 each year.
“The light systems are the latest technology on the market and we are installing them in about a third of the light signals that exist on our county’s entire road network. We started replacing the lamp units in March and hope to complete the work by September.
“We would like to upgrade them all, but at some sites the technology is not compatible, however we will install new LED lights as standard at all new sites.”
The project is being paid for through the council’s Salix fund, an interest free loan to improve energy efficiency, match funded through the government’s Carbon Trust. To date, Lincolnshire County Council has invested over £1.4m in renewable energy schemes in council offices, schools, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue headquarters, Lincoln Central Library, The Collection and The Museum of Lincolnshire Life.
Steve Golightly, senior sustainability officer, said:
“The energy saving measures we have invested in to date have reduced the authority’s carbon footprint by over 1,500 tonnes of CO2 each year – that’s about the same weight as 128 double-decker buses – while also delivering an annual saving in excess of £300,000.
“On average, it takes about four years to recover the money we invest through energy savings. We will continue to identify areas where we can help reduce the authority’s carbon emissions and save money.”