nnovation and solutions abound during this satellite adventure to Australia. The Managing Director of Leadsun takes us on his journey to discovery. Sensing that technology and cost improvements could be achieved, Matt Pollard maps out how teamwork and determination met this chin-rubbing challenge. Join our engaging guest as this true gentleman unveils solar lighting and inspires future innovators.
Heart Foundation Director, Active Living, Trevor Shilton said: “The ability to ‘live locally’ is enabled by having a neighbourhood where the things that you need such as fresh, healthy food, safe neighbourhood streets, and daily destinations are near to your home, ideally in walking distance”.
He said the survey found that:
9/10 Australians feel that having access to fresh food within a convenient distance from home is very/somewhat important to them when deciding where to live;
Nearly 9/10 people feel that having a sense of safety is very/somewhat important to them when deciding where to live;
Just over 8/10 value having natural elements such as trees and plants;
Around 7/10 Australians value traffic-calming measures;
Around 7/10 also value a sense of community;
8/10 people surveyed feel that having quality public open space close to them is very/somewhat important to them when deciding where to live;
Nearly 8/10 people surveyed said it’s very/somewhat important to them that they can be active in their local area.
The research on what makes neighborhoods desirable, liveable and healthy is set within the Healthy Active by Design framework. It is a website created by the Heart Foundation to highlight how best-practice planning and design of buildings, streets, towns, and cities can improve Australians’ cardiovascular health.
Leadsun is bringing SMART solar street lamp lighting into all Australian municipalities – easily, affordably and efficiently. If you are looking for a dependable, cost-effective and eco-friendly solar street lamp solution to enhance your community’s public spaces, get in touch with us today.
“Community-led projects like this really demonstrate the benefits of transitioning to renewable energy, not only for the community but also in building a sustainable energy future for us all” – Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio.
For more than ten years, the community had identified lighting the 1km path from the town’s center to their recreation reserve as a high priority project.
Safety concerns about people walking home next to a dark country road, particularly in the winter months, had always been a significant concern. However, the outdoor street lighting solution would also allow the community to expand the use of their facilities.
Reticulated lighting was just too expensive and needed to be installed entirely with various cables, whereas smart street lights offered a cheaper, more flexible, and more environmentally friendly solution in which poles could be installed individually as funding became available.
The community association raised an impressive $20,000 for the outdoor street lighting and was supported by the Latrobe City Council who contributed a further $20,000. The Latrobe Valley Authority granted a Community and Facility Fund worth $120,000 to complete the project in a single install.
“The new lighting benefits our members greatly! Occasionally training finishes late so parents take great comfort in the fact that there is plenty of light for junior members to safely travel home by.”
– Mark Maynard, Executive Member, Raiders Cricket Club.
“The LVA is pleased to work with our project partners and the Yinnar community to improve safety and accessibility between the township and the recreation reserve.”
-Karen Cain, CEO, Latrobe Valley Authority.
“It has been rewarding working with this community to overcome technical barriers and to realize a project that will benefit the local area for many years to come.”
-Chris Barfoot, Project Manager, Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub.
Calls to Improve Lighting on Local Roads to Save Lives
Lighting is a huge part of road safety, not only for cars and lighting black spots but also for visibility and the safety of pedestrians. With respect to pedestrians and roads in particular, according to Monash University research commissioned by walking health charityVictoria Walks, street lighting was identified as a potential issue that may help to reduce the risk of collisions at night time, with 11 percent of crashes that occur while it is dark take place in locations with no street lighting.
Lighting has been shown to be one of the most immediately impactful ways to boost both the actual and perceived safety levels of public spaces and roads. However, traditional electric lighting systems tend to present significant cost and logistical barriers due to roads and footpaths needing to be dug up for the required underground trenching and cabling. Within this context, SMART solar road lighting is the perfect solution for lighting dark spots on intersections, roundabouts, and pedestrian and cycling paths.
Research suggests there is a 35 percent reduction in road crashes when street lighting is implemented or improved. Not only is smart solar road lighting a significantly more cost-effective solution due to there being no underground trenching and cabling required, but it also offers faster project turnaround times compared to grid-powered lights and flexibility as to where lights can be positioned. There are also clear environmental and social benefits – some might even say obligations – for governments to choose sustainable lighting sources moving forward.
Increasingly across Australia, local councils are overcoming the difficulty and cost of lighting dangerous intersections or long stretches of road by installing solar street lighting in situ of traditional grid-powered lighting. Successful road safety projects have already been completed in cities and towns across Queensland, Northern Territory, Victoria, and New South Wales – with many in response to community pressure to help fix known problem areas.
Lit by the clean energy of the sun, Leadsun’s smart solar lighting is designed for local roads and is a sustainable solution ideal for increasing safety on poorly lit roads and intersections. These lights allow local councils, in particular, to be SMART city ready and meet growing community expectations that public space solutions minimize environmental impact. They also offer councils the freedom to connect and scale lighting solutions quickly, easily, and cost-efficiently.
As smart public lighting specialists working with local government and corporate partners since 2005, Leadsun is a leader in providing efficient, smart public lighting solutions that enhance the safety of communities across Australia and the world.
Leadsun is bringing SMART road lighting into all Australian municipalities – easily, affordably, and efficiently. If you are looking for a dependable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly solar lighting solution to enhance your community’s public spaces, get in touch with us today.
Street lighting assets around the world are being transformed with smart technologies to deliver increased safety, efficiency, productivity, and services. Leadsun’s FREEDOM urban solar lights are an integral part of this transformation.
Until now, our cities have relied on 19th-century grid-powered lighting systems. These have inflexible positioning and are costly to install due to extensive trenching and cabling, plus unpredictable, ongoing energy costs.
Leadusn’s Managing Director Matt Pollard recently had a chat with Ticker News about the environmental benefits that these street lights provide and how they are making a positive impact on the environments they illuminate.
This next-generation street lighting platform is supplied SMART CITY READY with remote monitoring and endless possibilities to connect IoT devices such as air quality sensors, pedestrian and vehicle counters, cameras, duress-button, Wi-Fi access points, and more.
These stylish, future-proofed lighting solutions are perfect for lighting streets, footpaths, parks, recreational areas, green space, car parks, and public venues.
In 2018, Leadsun formed a landmark partnership with a leading USA property developer who has successfully installed over 1,000 wireless controlled and monitored FREEDOM solar streetlights throughout two Master Planned Communities in Florida, with many more to be installed in the coming years.
Leadsun was invited to partner with the City of Melbourne’s Industrial Design Team to create a modern, innovative, and sustainable outdoor sculpture by converging Leadsun’s proprietary ‘All-In-One’ Solar + Battery + LED technologies into a spectacular tree-like sculpture that also demonstrates that we can power and light out cities with solar energy.
The Solar Tree is a big idea by Leadsun to help demonstrate the City of Melbourne’s ambitious target to become carbon neutral.
The tree provides the community with a place to rest, recharge their mobile devices whilst promoting a positive social impact ensuring our public spaces are Smarter, Sustainable, and Safer by harnessing the sun’s energy in a practical and functional way.
Did you know that although cities only cover 2% of the earth’s landmass, they use nearly 80% of the earth’s primary energy sources? Further to this, the biggest contributor to a municipality’s source of carbon emissions is from grid-connected public lighting infrastructure.
While our cities transition to renewable energy to replace existing fossil fuel electricity, the Solar Tree demonstrates the importance that collectively we must take simple steps to reduce our energy usage, not just in our homes and businesses but also in open public areas that require public lighting.
Honouring Indigenous Natural Heritage
The Solar Tree isn’t just about technology, it’s also about sustainability and honouring the traditional and distinct nature of our municipality’s natural heritage by using reclaimed indigenous timber for the circular wooden seat located at its trunk.
The indigenous timber is selected by the local government and then hand-crafted and treated to look vibrant and elegant. It’s an important design element of the Solar Tree as it brings together both ‘nature & technology’ and the ‘past & the future’ all into one unique functional system.
Convenient Meeting Hub
The Solar Tree is a great landmark and a place to meet. With the timber seat able to accommodate three people, the Solar Tree has a convenient three-way built-in USB charger at its trunk inviting users and visitors to sit under the solar panels and charge their smart devices 24 hours a day for free!
The Solar Tree utilises Leadsun’s innovative and proprietary ‘All-In-One’ solar-powered energy systems. The entire system features a combination of three 80W ‘Solar-Engines’ that collects and captures energy from the sun into the built-in Lithium-Ion batteries to then power the LED lights & USB chargers.
The energy produced from the Solar Engines is then distributed through its branches into ultra-efficient LED lighting fixtures featuring motion-sensor and dimming capabilities. The Solar Tree provides a beacon of light throughout the evening for safety, whilst demonstrating new-energy technologies through its USB charging station located at its base.
See It Live
The Solar Tree provides the perfect opportunity for municipalities to uniquely demonstrate their ambition for social & environmental leadership to the public as well as showcasing new-energy technologies in public spaces & pop-up parks powered by the limitless energy of the sun.
Experience the power for yourself and charge your phone in safety under the lights of the Solar Tree located in the beautiful grounds of Birrarung Marr. The lights illuminate the granite sand and provide a warm inviting glow for the community to use the Solar Tree in the evening.
Thanks to the Covid-19 many of us find ourselves in lockdown with little reprieve other than a morning potter or an evening stroll. In Goulburn, thanks to what is being called Australia’s largest solar path light installation, locals can now more easily walk and cycle their way to the salutary effects of a daily jaunt.
With the threat of lockdown once again in effect or on the cards for large parts of the nation, many of us are once again facing the prospect of having very little to look forward to each day other than a solitary stroll or a potter-about with a partner.
In fact, the Heart Foundation estimates that 30% of people are walking more than usual thanks to the impacts of the pandemic. That’s why the Goulburn Mulwaree Council (Council) in New South Wales (NSW) has installed what is said to be Australia’s largest solar pathway lighting project.
After all, at this time of year, when the sun seems to show up more out of habit than wanting to put a good long shift in, the need for lighting along our walkabout pathways is at its most luminous. That’s why Council nudged Melbourne-based company Leadsun to install 160 of its AE3C solar lights along 10km of the Wollondilly River Walking Track in Goulburn.
Leadsun, which holds a patent on what it calls the first “all-in-one LED solar path light”, began the project a year ago, and Managing Director Matt Pollard said that sporting clubs, walking groups, and residents were increasingly lobbying local governments to apply for grants to install Smart solar lighting to improve access and safety.
Council utilized the majority of a $500,000 Federal Sport and Recreation grant for the solar lighting of the riverine track. Although it must be said, one for one, solar public lighting is cheaper than your normal street lighting, partly because it doesn’t require much trenching or electrical wiring, but also because the energy is free from the sun and can be stored in lithium-ion batteries for up to three days.
At just over 160 solar lights, Pollard believes its the largest solar pathway lighting project in Australia. Even fossil fuel enthusiasts like Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor, who would probably prefer Australia’s bush pathways lit by the incendiary fire of gaslamps, had to admit that the walkway in Goulburn was now safer and more accessible. “I’m thrilled that the installation of solar lighting will extend the hours of use of the walkway,” said Taylor.
“There is an increasing awareness that we can all do our bit to reduce carbon emissions across a broad range of smaller-scale projects and in our individual lives,” continued Taylor with a distinct lack of ironical self-awareness. “Along with many Goulburn residents, I enjoy running this track early in the morning or later in the afternoon. the lights will be a great addition to the course, particularly in winter.”
Another such Goulburn resident is Daniel Strickland, a member of Mission Australia’s Man Walk group and a regular trotter of the track, who said the path is far busier than before, especially at those times before the dawn and after the dusk, when previously “we would come along with our iPhones and our torches.” Unfortunately, Strickland failed to mention having ever seen Energy Minister Taylor running the track with gaslamp outstretched before him like Sherlock Holmes on one of his deductive exercises along the Thames.
Nevertheless, the clear success and savings of the project mean that Council is now planning a further 1.5km extension to the Smart lighting project. Leadsun, lead on.
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Our cities are being transformed with new technologies faster than ever, posing new challenges every day. That’s why Leadsun partners with municipalities across Australia to fully understand their needs and be the trusted advisor steering them into the future.
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With unprecedented numbers of people accessing public recreational areas across Australia due to COVID-19 – and councils needing to provide safe access to those spaces – we’ve been busier than ever bringing the light of day into the night for safer, more active communities.
This month, we highlight how we lit up Middle Arm Road in Goulburn and finished a milestone project lighting 10 kilometres of walkway and cycle paths. We also share 6 advantages of SMART public off-grid solar lighting and let the numbers do the talking with a grid-vs-grid-free cost comparison.
We’re also excited to welcome Leadsun’s new Strategic Partnerships Manager Josh Trouchet, who brings expertise and experience built through an impressive career in commercial and residential construction across Australia. Josh would love to hear from you so get in touch today to learn more about the benefits of our off-grid solar lighting and why it’s the preferred choice for public open space lighting.
Middle Arm Road lit up under the Safe Road Program
Leadsun was recently approached to provide an affordable yet compliant, dependable solution to light up the popular Middle Arm Road in Goulburn under the Council’s Safe Road Program. The resulting cable-and-grid free solution gives council long-lasting, reliable and sustainable lighting for years to come. Click below for the full story and video footage of the project.
Lighting up Goulburn – the largest public solar lighting project of its kind
With 31% of people walking more than usual during COVID-19, Australian local governments are being urged to invest in SMART off-grid solar lighting. As part of a milestone project for Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Leadsun installed 160 lights along 10km of walkway and cycle paths, in what is the largest public solar lighting project of its kind in Australia.
With huge numbers of people accessing public recreational spaces, it’s a crucial time for local governments to consider the role of sustainable, affordable SMART public lighting in shaping safer, more active communities. Click below for the 6 key advantages of SMART public lighting – they may surprise you.
Eye opening – Grid versus Grid-Free installation cost comparison
As well as environmental, efficiency, safety and time benefits, SMART public lighting provides significant cost benefits. See this cost comparison to find out how using grid-free solar instead of grid-connected wired lighting for a 1km pedestrian pathway can save your project at least $50,000.
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Wodonga Council Plans Expansion of Solar Pathway Network as the Number of People Walking Increases
With more people walking and 31% of people walking more than usual during COVID-19 the Wodonga Council is doing what more councils are being urged to do – invest in solar pathway lighting.
Victoria Walks Executive Officer Ben Rossiter is heading up the campaign to call on councils across Victoria to apply for their share of Government Safety Grants available to help fund lighting projects.
“Since mid-March, Victoria Walks has seen exponential growth in the number of Victorians looking for great, safe places to walk,” Dr. Rossiter said.
Since 2018 Wodonga Council has led the way in installing solar lighting across kilometres of popular pathways including at Birallee Park, David Bishop Park, Arthur Dunstan Park, Frank Kier Park, George Looms Park, Westlands Park, James Taverny Park and Belvoir Park.
Melbourne-based Leadsun, a world leader in solar public lighting and an associate member of Victoria Walks, has worked with Wodonga Council to install the lighting which has made pathways more accessible and helped improve safety.
Managing Director Matt Pollard said with the increase in local exercise and people out walking, community groups and residents are urging their local councils for improvements to pathways and trails.
“Many of the recreational trails where people love to walk are in areas where you can’t get traditional street lighting in or it’s too expensive to even try,” Mr Pollard said.
“In most cases, people either won’t use the path before dawn or after dark, or they’ll walk with an iPhone or torch to try to see where they’re going. One for one, solar lighting is more cost-effective than traditional electrical public lighting as there’s no need for extensive trenching, no electrical wiring, and the power stores in the battery for three days.”
Wodonga Council said the rollout of the solar lighting project enhanced the extensive pathways network that was well-used by the community.
“The solar lighting project is an initiative that aims to enhance personal safety, deter antisocial behavior and create improved levels of connectivity in the community,” a Council spokesperson said.