Energy-efficient switch to LED street lights across Devon is equivalent to taking 8,000 cars off the roads

All of the 79,000 street lights in Devon are to be replaced with LED illuminations – slashing their carbon emissions by 75 per cent. 

The county-wide conversion will take place over the next two years and will be the energy-efficient equivalent of taking 8,000 cars of the roads.

Devon County Council (DCC) has awarded the contract for the service for the next decade to SSE Contracting (SSEC).

It is part of the authority’s bid to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

Some 34,000 street lights have already been converted to low-energy LED technology since 2015.

More than 5,400 lighting columns have also been replaced so far.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC cabinet member for highway management, said: “The street lighting contract is extremely important as we continue to reduce our carbon emissions.

“The conversion to LEDs alone will reduce carbon emissions by more than 15,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 8,000 cars off the road.”

Derek Bell, SSEC Head of Operations Regional Lighting, said: “We recognise the added pressure that local authorities are under and we’re keen to support economic recovery wherever possible while also delivering significant energy savings.”

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