NT council making the switch to smart lighting


Smart controllers, LED lights and installation services worth $3 million are part of new energy-efficient LED infrastructure to be rolled-out across Palmerston in the Northern Territory, starting this April.

Mayor Athina Pascoe-Bell has confirmed over 4,700 street and public lights will be switched to smart and energy-efficient lights over the next 15 months, making Palmerston one of the largest smart LED cities in Australia. 

Our accelerated LED light replacement program will transform our City, having significant benefits for our community,” Ms Pascoe-Bell said.

The upgrade will improve lighting quality and reliability in residential streets, on our footpaths and in our parks, improving safety in Palmerston.

“It’s also another step in Council’s commitment to create a more sustainable environment, with carbon emissions reduced by more than 64 per cent – the equivalent of planting more than 500 hectares of Australian forest trees.

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“Saving from the new energy-efficient lighting will be worth an estimated $650,000 annually in current electricity and maintenance costs.”

Northern Territory-based electrical specialist company ESPEC will install the City’s new lighting infrastructure, employing 11 local staff, with seven from the Palmerston area.

“ESPEC is excited to work with the City of Palmerston on this major project. This project will support local businesses, staff retention and economic growth, and will result in a cleaner and greener future for the Palmerston community,” ESPEC director Callum Payne said.

ESPEC, as part of the installation of new LED infrastructure, will also recycle and dispose of existing streets lights in an environmental appropriate manner to meet Council’s sustainability expectations for the works. ESPEC is a signatory for FluroCycle and will recycle tubes at accredited facilities.

Telensa have been selected from a joint procurement process with neighboring Councils, Darwin and Litchfield, to provide smart lighting controllers. Ensuring a safer community, the light will come equipped with proactive automated fault detection, brightness and automated brightness management in periods of inactivity.

“Smart street lighting is having a transformative effect on the way towns and cities around the world view lighting, increasing efficiency, bringing savings and dynamic control,” Telensa founder and chief commercial officer Will Gibson said.

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“We are delighted to be working with the City of Palmerston to lay the foundations for a smart city future in the Northern Territory.”

Palmerston council has selected a panel of three suppliers to provide the City with new LED public lights. LED luminaire supply will be provided by:

  • Light Source Solutions
  • Orangetek
  • Philips

Installation will begin in Palmerston’s older suburbs; Moulden, Driver, Gray, Woodroffe and Marlow Lagoon, and once completed will move to eastern suburbs.