Northern Lights – Saving Energy Together

Six Northern Tasmanian councils are collaborating on the largest energy efficiency project of its kind in the State. The Northern Lights street lighting project will improve energy efficiency and reduce operational costs through the installation of 9,100 LED street lights. Participating councils include City of Launceston, Meander Valley, George Town, Break O’Day, Northern Midlands and West Tamar.


  • Spanning six municipal areas, Northern Lights is an example of councils working together to save money and energy.
  • By working collaboratively, the six councils have saved significantly on project costs and will achieve combined savings of more than $16 million over 20 years.
  • The new lights will improve energy efficiency by more than 82%.
  • The installation will result in a reduction of 7,850 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to removing 172 cars from the road every year, for the next 20 years.
  • The LED street light conversion is planned to be completed across all six municipal areas by June 2018, with the first installations beginning in Launceston during February 2017.
  • There will be minimal disruption to residents – the conversion takes less than 5 minutes per light.
  • The Northern Lights project has led the way and as a result, similar projets are now being explored by North Western and Southern councils with assistance from the Local Government Association of Tasmania.

Progress Chart

City of Launceston - Stage 1 & 2 Complete 100%
Meander Valley Council - Complete 100%
Break O'Day Council 90%
Northern Midlands Council - COMPLETE! 100%
West Tamar Council 87%
George Town Council - Complete 100%