Community engagement booth for Light Years Ahead. Solar Panel Installation. Endeavour Energy installing the first LED light as part of the Light Years Ahead project. Credit: Endeavour Energy



Light years Ahead is an energy efficiency and renewable initiative for local government.


Commencing November 2017, Light Years Ahead will facilitate a range of energy saving upgrades across local government areas in Western Sydney including: LED lighting, HVAC systems, solar panels, insulation and new energy efficient appliances.


This initiative is a continuation and expansion of the successful 2014-2016 Light Years Ahead program which replaced almost 15,000 inefficient streetlights with the latest energy-saving LED lights across 136 Western Sydney suburbs.


Light Years Ahead will be coordinated through the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) in partnership with Endeavour Energy and participant councils.


Light Years Ahead energy efficiency score card:


  • $19,000 lights changed to LEDs across Western Sydney (and counting);
  • $9.5 million in energy savings to date;
  • 126,538 tonne reduction in emissions (over 20-year life of the lights);
  • 11 business cases developed for council energy efficiency and renewable projects;
  • Four regional submissions on critical issues relating to the NSW Public Lighting Code and pricing determinations which resulted in:
    • Changes to Endeavour Energy maintenance charges
    • Establishment of a minimum level of service provision; and
  • New model for collaboration: Including quarterly forums with Endeavour


For more information visit the project website

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Media coverage highlights

Women LED-ing the Way for energy efficiency (1 Million Women, 06.01.16)

WSROC launches $7.8m project to replace over 10% of Sydney’s street lights with LEDs (Lighting News, 26.05.15)

'Green' light bulb moment for councils installing LED street lights (Sydney Morning Herald, 21.05.15)

LEDs to light up Western Sydney streets (Sustainability Matters, 19.05.15)