Northcote High School
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Northcote High School provides education for 1,500 students from Years 7-12. With over 2,000 light fittings throughout the school, it was aware that a considerable amount of its energy expenditure could be attributed to lighting.

$25,090 saved annually

102,620kg CO2 reduced annually


Both the Principal and Sustainability Manager had a strong desire to improve the energy efficiency of the school and save money on their electricity bills.



Stage One

Northcote High opted to upgrade their lighting in two stages. Stage 1 included the gymnasium and external areas. Over 250 Cherry LED lights were installed; a combination of LED Corn lights, LED Floodlights and T8 LED Tubes. In addition to the savings on energy used, the longer lifetime of 50,000hrs on our LED lights reduced their maintenance costs by over $4,600 per annum across both stages.

Stage Two

The second stage of the project will involve the installation of over 530 Cherry LED T8 Tubes into classrooms, corridors, the library and offices. Flickering lights will become a thing of the past and, by replicating natural daylight, the new Cherry LED lights will dramatically improve the learning environment for both the students and staff.

As well as ensuring a 64% reduction in energy expenditure, Northcote High received a $1,000 subsidy from the City of Darebin’s Light$mart program towards the project. The cost of the project will be heavily reduced by state government rebates of over $8,000 towards the upgrade thanks to a wide range of Cherry LED lights being approved under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme.


Reduction in energy expenditure


Subsidy from Darebin City Council’s Light$mart program

Cashflow positive from Day 1

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