Kent County Council has reached a major milestone in its ambitious LED street light conversion.
Work started on the £40 million scheme in March 2016 and has now reached its original target of 118,000 lights converted.
KCC cabinet member for highways and the environment Mike Whiting said: “The conversion to LED has given us a minimum reduction of 67.7% in energy consumption and 71% in carbon emissions.
“This is the largest LED conversion project in Europe and KCC alongside Bouygues Energies & Services are proud to be involved in such an important project.
“We have also been able to realise several benefits including cost savings for the taxpayer, cutting-edge technology and sustainability for the environment and future generations.”
While the main project is completed, KCC is continuing work which aims to complete the conversion of all remaining KCC-owned lights by this winter.
This work includes lights that have just been adopted by KCC or where there has been engineering challenges and access issues to our equipment.
The complete project will feature 122,000 centrally controlled, energy-efficient LED lights and will save Kent taxpayers up to £5.2 million a year on KCC’s energy costs.
Visitors to the Kent County Show next month can find out more about KCC’s LED light scheme by visiting the KCC stand number 348.