Watts Working Better

The Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance ‘Watts Working Better’ project was launched in 2014 to improve the efficiency of residential street lights across regional councils.

The innovative project replaced Council-managed street lights with energy efficient alternatives. There were 11 regional councils involved in the project, including Benalla Rural City, Campaspe, Mansfield, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi, Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie and Wangaratta.

More than 13,600 street lights across participating councils were changed to energy efficient alternatives.

As a result of the ‘Watts Working Better’ project, Benalla Rural City will see savings of nearly $1 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.

The $4.96 million project will save an estimated $15.6 million and reduce carbon emissions by 106,700 tonnes and over the next 20 years across the participating councils.

Benalla Rural City Council changed more than 786 old mercury vapour lights to more efficient T5 fluorescent lights as part of the project, which concluded in May 2016.

The project is coordinated by the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance. The Australian Government granted $2.95 million to fund the ‘Watts Working Better’ project.

Visit the ‘Watts Working Better’ website for more information about the project.