Streetlights scheme secures awards win

THE upgrading of more than 55,000 streetlights across the city of Edinburgh has been named a winner at an awards ceremony celebrating the best of the UK’s energy sector.

The upgrading involved the conversion of the streetlights to energy-efficient LED bulbs and it took the title, ‘Energy Project of the Year – Public’, at the 2022 Energy Awards.

Says the city’s local authority, here: “The project is predicted to save the council around £54 million over a 20-year period and has already reduced total street lighting energy consumption by approximately 60 per cent, while seeing CO2 emissions drop by 75 per cent in the same period.”

The council announcement adds: “Along with LED upgrades the project, also oversaw the installation of a new lighting control management system which automatically detects faults across the network. 

“In addition to the financial and environmental advantages of the project, communities across the capital have seen the benefits of this initiative. The lighting system in the Colinton and Trinity Tunnels has been upgraded allowing residents and visitors greater visibility and access. 

“A new staff car park has been constructed at the Marie Curie Hospice on Frogston Road West. Electrical maintenance has been undertaken at The Yard in Bonnington to support their work with disabled children while Kirkliston Scout Hall has benefitted from the installation of external lighting. Wester Hailes Education Centre has also had its garden area upgraded and refurbished.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland