ANOTHER first for Lismore: we are hosts to the first hybrid solar and wind powered streetlight to be trialled in Australia.
Under an agreement between Lismore City Council and Australia United Energy, the light was installed last Wednesday outside Lismore City Hall.
The council's coordinator of environment and sustainability, Nick Stephens, described the installation as an exciting development for the city.
"It's a coup for this council to have the opportunity to be the first area in Australia to trial this technology," Mr Stephens said.
"After many months of preparatory work we are now ready to install the streetlight which includes a 400-watt, 1.3m wind turbine, two 80-watt photovoltaic panels and an LED light, and requires no grid connection to operate.
"Council has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the manufacturers to trial just one unit and we will be monitoring its performance over a six month period."
Designed in Taiwan, where a number of similar lights are already in use, the lamp is connected to a 12-volt battery.
In NSW, the state-owned energy companies have not endorsed LED streetlights for use on public roads, but councils have the option of using the technology on their own premises, such as car parks and buildings.
Councillor Gianpiero Battista, a keen supporter of the project, said he was delighted to see the solar and wind powered streetlight being installed.
"For me this streetlight says what this community values in terms of sustainability principles and that we are prepared to be innovative in trialling new technology in our city," he said.
"I am aware that some areas in the country already have solar powered streetlights; however, this is an Australian first for solar and wind powered streetlight technology."
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