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Electrix to manage Canberra's streetlight network

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 12 April, 2018

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The ACT Government has contracted electrical engineering, construction and maintenance services company Electrix to manage Canberra’s streetlight network starting in May.

Under the seven-year contract, Electrix will provide a complete maintenance, upgrade and power supply solution for the territory’s 80,000 streetlights.

Electrix will also upgrade the oldest and most inefficient of these streetlights from incandescent lights to new LED lamps, and provide a digital control maintenance management that will offer real-time monitoring of the network to automatically detect faults such as lamp failures or cable problems.

The company will work with its parent Vinci Energies on the design and installation of the new energy-efficient smart lighting technologies.

ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris said the deal is the first energy performance contract for streetlight services in Australia.

“This management contract will ensure broken lamps are replaced within two days instead of the current 10 days, and it will vastly improve the energy efficiency of the network,” she said.

Electrix will also review the safety of the ACT’s streetlights as part of its new contract.

“We want to ensure our streetlights are safe and working properly, but it’s important for the public to be aware and remember that electrical assets should be treated with care,” Fitzharris said.

“The community should avoid coming into unnecessary contact with accessible territory-owned electrical assets, including streetlights or Evoenergy-owned electrical assets such as power poles, substations and mini pillars as a precaution.”

Image courtesy Electrix.

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