Greening our buildings and streets

To adapt to the increasing heat and weather impacts of climate change we will need to rethink the way we design, construct, maintain and use our buildings, homes and gardens.  We can be smarter about how we use energy by adopting new and cleaner technologies to reduce our impact on the environment and save some money in the process.

We are changing the way we plan streetscapes and the way we use natural shade to aid in cooling.  For information on how we are planning to achieve this view the Green City Strategic Management Plan (1.3Mb).

Great news! 

Crews from SA Power Networks have begun the task of changing 16,000 light bulbs across our city to LED’s.

The first lights to be targeted will be 80 watt Mercury Vapour lights which are our oldest and most inefficient.  The new LED lights will use a fraction of the power at only 14 watts.  An added benefit is that there will be less ‘skyglow’ as LEDs only illuminate the road and footpath in front of them, rather than spilling light to the sky.  This wasted light reduces our ability to see the stars.

The $6million installation cost will be met by SA Power Networks who will recoup the money from council through its annual lighting charges.  Once the LED lights are installed, we expect to see electricity savings of around $630 000 per year and a 2700 tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions each year. The initial changeover of 13,000 lights will be completed within six months. 

Keep up to date on the progress here.

Green Buildings Initiative
Birdseye view of the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre showing solar panels

Solar panels

Energy saving advice
Dials labelled Kilowatt Hours

Trees and urban greening
Street trees thumb