REPLACEMENT of Orange's 8500 streetlights with LED technology will start after Christmas.
The Southern Lights project has been signed off - the upgrade will cost $2.5 million, but save $500,000 annually in power costs.
Under-awning lights in Summer Street will also be replaced with LEDs.
The work is expected to take 20 weeks and chief executive officer David Waddell said any broken lights in the meantime would be fixed using the newer technology.
"Things are on the move," he said.
We've signed a three-year contract that does not include any extra renewables, remembering of course though that the grid itself gives you 15-18 per cent renewables.Orange City Council CEO David Waddell
The Central NSW Joint Organisation, formerly Centroc, has also settled the councils' electricity contract for the next three years, starting January 1.
Mr Waddell said the council had resolved to source 20 per cent of its power from renewable sources, if it was financially advantageous.
"I'm sad to say it wasn't financially advantageous - we've signed a three-year contract that does not include any extra renewables, remembering of course though that the grid itself gives you 15-18 per cent renewables," he said.
"On a positive note, the price that the JO got through that consultant was pretty extraordinary and I will be reporting to you in December as we wrap up the year on those savings and ask you what we might do with them, together with the savings from the Southern Lights program."
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