A new contract which will see cheaper and greener lighting on roads around the county has been signed by Somerset Council.

The contract with Enerveo Ltd will see essential maintenance services delivered on all the council’s illuminated and non-illuminated electrical equipment across the county.

Following a procurement process and approval by Somerset Council’s Executive last month, the tender for the new eight-year contract (which has the potential to be extended by four years) was awarded to current service provider, Enerveo Ltd. The contract covers the County’s highways lights, illuminated signs, bollards and electrical equipment.

Councillor Dixie Darch, Somerset Council’s Lead Member for Environment and Climate Change said:

We’re really pleased to announce this new contract, it means the continued collaboration with a partner we have been working with for the last 12 years.

This was a robust procurement process involving potential suppliers from across the country. Enerveo Ltd demonstrated best value for money alongside key requirements including a strong commitment to environmentally friendly practices and materials, and innovation in practice.

Now more than ever it’s vital that we have a financially resilient service that is cost-effective, as well as being flexible and agile, attracting the best people and embracing new technologies to enable innovation.

We’ll be working closely with Enerveo Ltd to focus on LED installation, which is already well underway, alongside other energy and carbon-saving initiatives.

Dane Cloke, Enerveo Ltd contracts manager, added:

We are delighted to have secured the contract to deliver essential maintenance services on all illuminated and non-illuminated electrical assets within Somerset.

We have successfully worked in partnership with Somerset Council for the past 12 years and are looking forward to continuing to provide an excellent service and a high standard of delivery for the next 8 years.

We are excited to assist with their aim to achieve greener lighting and contribute to their strategic plans for a net-zero future.

  • Somerset Council has 59,593 illuminated assets to look after, consisting of lights, illuminated signs and bollards
  • 65.9 per cent of these have already been changed to LED, helping towards Somerset’s 2030 carbon neutral target
  • Part of the new contract includes the provision of new EV charging stations

Need to report a problem on the road, including lighting issues? Visit Report a problem on the road (somerset.gov.uk).

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February 1, 2024

Andrew Doyle

Climate Emergency