The streets of the City of Salford in Greater Manchester are now being lit by renewable energy following the first contract win of its kind by SmartestEnergy.Under the two year agreement SmartestEnergy will supply more than 29 million kilowatt hours of energy to the city which is home to 220,000 people.
The contract is worth around £1.4 million a year and covers approximately 30,000 street lamps across the city where attractions include Salford Quays, one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the UK. The BBC is currently relocating a number of its departments from London to a new ‘Media City’ development at the former Manchester docks site.The Salford City Council contract is the first for local authority street lighting to be won by SmartestEnergy which supplies electricity to a rapidly growing number of large energy users from its portfolio of independent generation projects.
“We believe there is significant potential for street lighting across the UK to be powered by renewable electricity,” said Geoff Curtis, SmartestEnergy Key Account Manager.“Local authorities are under considerable pressure to cut costs but don’t want to reduce lighting because of its role in preventing crime and accidents.“By supplying renewable energy without a premium we are able to help councils maintain services within their budget and also reduce carbon footprint.”
For further information on energy for local authorities, visit https://www.smartestenergy.com/ or call +44 (0)20 7195 1050.
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