The new lights at the popular oval in Lindfield will reduce maintenance and energy costs and be progressively rolled out to other sportsfields.
The new lights were installed late last year at a cost of $255,000 as part of Ku-ring-gai Council’s energy-saving program across its facilities and services.
LED lights on four foldaway 25 metre poles replace halogen lights mounted on nine timber poles that previously provided lighting at Primula Oval. The LED lights offer superior quality lighting for training and games and less light spill on nearby properties and bushland.
The LED lights are controlled remotely from the Council’s administration centre through a cloud-based timing control system, eliminating the need for keys to turn the lights off and on and ensuring the lights are only used when needed.
The lights are anticipated to generate more than 30% savings in the Council’s energy costs. Maintenance costs are also expected to be halved as the foldaway poles mean light globes can be replaced without the need for cherry-pickers to carry out the job.
The cost of the installation was partially offset by a $20,000 grant from Football NSW under their ‘Let’s Light Up Football’ grant program. Primula Oval is a key training and fixture location for local soccer clubs.
Ku-ring-gai’s environmental levy provided a further $40,000 in funding for the project.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the project had been successfully implemented through a partnership approach with local sporting groups.
“We will look at upgrading lighting in a similar way at other key sportsfields over the next few years as funding becomes available.”
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