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Solar and wind powered street lights remove CO2 emissions and will save the taxpayer money.
The UK, like all other nations, has a responsibility to reduce it's impact on the environment. There are approximately 8 million street lights in the UK, which are currently powered by burning fossil fuels. The technology already exists and has been proven to work. There are already other cities beginning to put solar and wind powered street lights in, for example Masdar in UAE.
County Councils and the Highways Agency are responsible for the UK's street lights and illuminated signs. Many of them are currently trying to save money by switching the lights off during the early hours of the morning. This is a very short term solution as energy prices will continue to increase and so the councils will be forced to further reduce the periods that our streets are safely lit.
A far more sensible approach is to switch to solar and/or wind powered lights with ultra-efficient bulbs. After the initial investment the new lights will save the taxpayer money every year.