Public lighting

SA Power Networks manages public lighting or street lighting assets for councils and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). We provide a range of services for these assets, including lighting design, installation, connection and ongoing maintenance.

Much of South Australia's public lighting utilises SA Power Networks' electricity distribution infrastructure, and SA Power Networks installs and manages all maintenance work. However in some instances, where councils and DPTI choose to maintain their own public lighting assets, we simply provide a connection to the distribution network. In these cases the infrastructure is owned and maintained by either DPTI or the council. There are various reasons why this agreement is preferred, for example where non-standard columns or light fittings have been used. This decision tends to be made on a 'need' basis. This arrangement is not available on any SA Power Networks owned infrastructure.

Councils and DPTI are responsible for the energy consumption of all public lighting, whether or not the assets are provided and maintained by SA Power Networks. They are billed directly by electricity retailers for their energy use.

SA Power Networks is currently working with government bodies and lighting manufacturers to make South Australia's public lighting more efficient and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition to traditional street lighting options, developers, councils, and other public lighting customers have the option to select an ever increasing number of energy efficient LED lighting types. Our policy is to replace as  many failed streetlights as possible with suitable LED luminaires. We have also developed a new tariff structure and pricing model that facilitates the efficient and timely replacement of existing public lighting with LED lighting. An overview of the new tariff structure is included in the notes to our Public Lighting Tariffs 2016-2017 publication, which is available here.

Over time SA Power Networks aims to provide more sustainable lighting choices for councils and DPTI to meet a target of a 30% reduction in greenhouse emissions from street lighting by 2020.

All lighting installations or alterations are required to be designed and constructed to Australian Standards AS1158. At the same time no lighting can be installed or upgraded without the council or DPTI requesting the work and agreeing to the changes in tariff. The electrical arrangements of public lighting require that the lighting is unmetered.

Requests by interested stakeholders for new, upgraded or altered public lighting arrangements need to be approved by the relevant council or DPTI.

Have you discovered a faulty street light?

Please visit our Street lights out page to inform us if you have found a faulty street light.

Related documents

A range of documents relating to public lighting for customers and contractors, including lighting tariffs, can be accessed below.

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Adobe PDF DocumentFact sheet - street lighting (74 KB)
  Street lighting is generally the responsibility of local councils and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. In both cases, SA Power Networks acts as a contractor and provides a range of services including design, installation and maintenance.
Adobe PDF DocumentNICC 402 Public Lighting - Ownership & Approval Process (1823 KB)
  This document provides specifications on the design of public lighting infrastructure by an external contractor that is to be connected to the network.
Adobe PDF DocumentNICC 403 Standard Public Lighting Arrangements (1802 KB)
  Information on SA Power Networks' standard public lighting arrangements.
Adobe PDF DocumentNICC 451 Design and public lighting agreement document (1198 KB)
  Design and public lighting agreement.
Adobe PDF DocumentTS101 Public Lighting - Design and Installation (2464 KB)
  Public lighting standard for overhead and underground networks.