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Now other councils around or Australia have also installed LEDs and I’m proud to announce that AusGrid will finally work with us to upgrade the remaining 13,500!

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There are 20,000 street lights in the City of Sydney, but we only own 6,500 of them. The rest belong to Energy Australia - now AusGrid. At the time we asked Energy Australia to join our trial but they refused.

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In 2009, inspired by the work of Los Angeles council, the City started the first trial of LED street lights in Australia. That trial has saved us $800,000 a year in energy costs and reduced our carbon emissions by 3,500 tonnes each year.