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Focus on walkability ‘can make LGs a population drawcard’

Australians overwhelmingly want to live locally in walkable neighbourhoods close to parks, a new Heart Foundation study has revealed.

The survey also found that a sense of safety is high on the priority list for Australians when deciding where to live.

The foundation surveyed 2895 Australians on “what matters most to them in making neighbourhoods desirable, liveable and healthy”, with findings presented in its What Australia Wants: Living locally in walkable neighbourhoods report.

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:  

  • Nine in 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 nine in 10 people feel that having a sense of safety is very/somewhat important to them when deciding where to live; 
  • Just over eight in 10 value having natural elements such as trees and plants;
  • Around seven in 10 Australians value traffic-calming measures;
  • Around seven in 10 also value a sense of community;
  • Eight in 10 people surveyed feel that having quality public open space close to them is very/somewhat important to them when deciding where to live; and  
  • Nearly eight in 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, 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 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.

Yinnar Solar Footpath

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Yinnar Solar Footpath

“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 over ten years the community had identified lighting the one-kilometre path from the towns centre 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 lighting would also allow the community to expand the use of their facilities.

Reticulated lighting was just too expensive and needed to be installed entirely, whereas solar-powered lights offered a cheaper, more flexible solution in which poles could be installed individually as funding became available.

The community association raised an impressive $20,000 for the solar pathway lights 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.

Calls to improve lighting at Black Spots to Save Lives

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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, it 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 minimise 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 are leaders 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.

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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.

10 News Coverage – The future of residential street lighting

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Australian solar technology is leading the world

The future of street lighting has now arrived! Leadsun is excited to finally announce the launch of our FREEDOM series, which is a SMART urban solar lighting solution designed for communities of the 21st century.

After more than three years of development in Melbourne, Leadsun has partnered with a leading developer of Master-planned communities in Florida, USA. Leadsun’s FREEDOM solar lights were chosen to help transform their new residential developments into the world’s smartest and most modern residential communities. So far, over 1000 lights have been successfully installed with a further 10,000 solar street lights locked-in to be deployed over the next few years.

Now is the time for progressive Australian residential property developers to utilise this new grid-free street lighting technology that has full wireless connectivity capabilities, DARK SKY compliance, and is future-proofed to power smart city devices like CCTV, public Wi-Fi access points, and more.

Click here to learn more > http://bit.ly/SMART-Urban-Lighting

Solar Tree

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A Big Idea!

Leadsun was invited to partner with 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 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 earth’s landmass, they use nearly 80% of 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 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 it’s trunk inviting users and visitors to sit under the solar panels and charge their smart devices 24 hours a day for free!

Technical Specifications

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 a motion-sensor and dimming capabilities. The Solar Tree  provides a beacon of light throughout the evening for safety, whilst demonstrating new-energy technologies through it’s USB charging station located at it’s 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 showcasing new-energy technologies into 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 provides a warm inviting glow for the community to use the Solar Tree in the evening.

Princes Highway Shared Path Lights Up

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Princes Highway Shared Path Lights Up

This will give you a warm glow – new solar lighting along the Geelong Road (Princes Highway) shared path between Westleigh Drive and Anne Street is now complete.

The $135,000 Wyndham City project will provide good lighting levels and energy efficiency along the path, making it easier and safer for residents to use after dark.

Wyndham City Iramoo Ward Councillor, Mia Shaw, said these works were particularly important since residents have been confined to only exercising within 5km of their home as part of COVID-19 stage four restrictions.

“The Geelong Road (Princes Highway) shared path is a popular route for the local community, and this important project will give residents more confidence when walking, running, cycling or scooting along this path after dark – while observing the current curfew,” Cr Shaw said.

“This project came about after Westleigh Gardens residents brought the need for lighting along the path to Council’s attention, and I’d like to thank those residents for highlighting this need and helping to achieve this great outcome.”

“These works align with the recently adopted Wyndham Active Transport Strategy 2020, which acknowledges the importance of providing a connected city through the delivery of new footpaths and shared user paths to support walking, cycling, scooting and all forms of active travel.”

“Footpaths and shared paths are important, not only for exercise and wellbeing, but also for commuting and providing access to public transport, offering residents an alternative to car travel.”

“Since adopting the strategy, Council officers have wasted no time completing a full audit of path networks across our city to confirm the location of missing links, and have been developing roll-out plans to begin bridging gaps.”

“It is proposed that construction of the first packages will commence in the coming weeks, once stage four restrictions are eased.”

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This story is just one in our collective experience that demonstrates yet again why our brand promise at Leadsun is Always Dependable, and why we stand by it.

Leadsun is bringing SMART public 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.

Lights stand strong after Goulburn floods

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Leadsun solar lights stand strong after recent Goulburn floods

In August 2020, heavy rainfall caused flooding in Goulburn and surrounding areas, with around 130 millimetres of rain recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology for Goulburn and totals of over 200 millimetres reported in some areas around the region.

Unfortunately, the flooding caused significant damage to some public assets including roads, footpaths and stormwater pipes. Thankfully, however, the solar pathway lights Leadsun had just finished installing in Goulburn – as part of Stage 2 of what is being called Australia’s largest solar lighting installation along the Wollondilly River Walking Track – stood strong.

Our lights were able to weather the storm and remain standing and fully operational, thanks in part to the fact that all the light technology – including our advanced battery system – is housed at the top of the lighting unit, which kept the lights safe from floodwater harm. This would not unfortunately have been the case had the track been lit with traditional grid-connected wired lighting, which would not have survived flood levels like those seen in Goulburn.

As Mayor Bob Kirk has stated, “Fortunately, much of our infrastructure network has come through relatively unscathed, with assets such as the Wollondilly River Walkway in reasonable condition. No solar light was damaged.”

This story is just one in our collective experience that demonstrates yet again why our brand promise at Leadsun is Always Dependable, and why we stand by it.

Leadsun is bringing SMART public 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.

Solar lights a pathway through lockdown

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Solar lights a pathway through lockdown

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 lighting 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, need of 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 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 utilised 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.

Wollondilly River Walking Track powering up for a busy night.

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 means that Council is now planning a further 1.5km extension to the Smart lighting project. Leadsun, lead on.

From PV Magazine – JULY 24, 2020 BLAKE MATICH

What is SMART public lighting

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What is SMART public lighting

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Sustainable

Environmentally friendly solutions that require no power from the grid

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Modern

Aesthetically pleasing innovative and technical functionality

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Adaptable

Can be installed
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Robust

Dependable performance through electricity blackouts & brownouts

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Technology

Advanced innovation that intelligently reacts to it’s surrounding environment

Why SMART Public Lighting?

  1. Adjustable lighting control creating a safer environment
  2. Extending the hours of use of valuable community assets
  3. Fast turn around times as no underground cabling is required
  4. Cost effective as no disruptive or expensive trenching required
  5. Advanced battery technology that guarantees long life span
  6. Environmentally friendly and completely off the power grid
  7. No on-going power costs

Sustainable lighting for your communities most valuable assets

Shared Pathways

Car Parks

Recreation Reserves

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The Leadsun Difference

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Leadsun’s Advanced Battery Management System​

Leadsun uses new-generation Lithium LiFePO4 batteries which are the heartbeat of our off-grid systems. The custom-built design provides 3 times more storage and power capacity compared to traditional Lead Acid batteries enabling maximum performance, reliability and longevity, all within a limited space.

Our patented ground-breaking battery technology can DOUBLE the normal life expectancy of any other traditional Lithium battery system by never fully charging or discharging its cells. This prevents unnecessary
full range operating which reduces stress and lengthens the cycle life of the battery of up to 10 years.

This world first technology is only available from Leadsun

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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.

Leadsun applies the experience and expertise we’ve built distributing more than 20,000 light systems – as well as our world-class solar lighting engineering design and technology – to provide local authorities solutions and guidance they can depend on. 

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