Coventry City Council in the UK has announced a £250m ($390m) plan to replace 28,000 of its 32,000 street lights with new dimmer switch technology.

Equipped with an automatic sensor, the new street lights will be connected to a central control room to allow the council to turn the lights up or down depending on the needs of the public.

The plan, which is aimed at saving energy and money, will make Coventry the first city in the country to deploy dimmer switch technology on a large scale, according to

The city expects the technology to cut its carbon emissions by 40% and save up to £684,000 ($1.06m) per year in energy bills.

Work is expected to begin in the summer and will be carried out over the next 25 years.