Company name: Carlow County Council
Project actions: Upgrade of lighting system by replacing the existing quad by LED fitting and by the installation of occupancy sensor.
Installation of PV Panels, with a capacity of 5kWp.
Finance source: Internal
Additional funding: SEAI BEC 2017 programme
Grant amount: € 7,552
Total project cost: €25,173.35
25-year savings: €38,320
Simple payback time: 11.5 years
Carlow Assembly Rooms facilitates the offices of the Environmental and Water Services section of Carlow County Council. The lighting of the building is a source of a large electricity demand. After successfully upgrading their lighting and installing PV panels, the benefits and cost savings were clear. The 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Better Energy Communities programme is helping by administering state-wide funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
|Annual Energy (kWh)||Annual Value (€)||Annual CO2 (tonnes)|
|Imports Before project||31,621 kWh||€4,964.50||14.8 tonnes|
|Imports After project||21,857.93 kWh||€3,431.70||10.2 tonnes|
|Savings||9,763.07 kWh||€1,532.80||4.6 tonnes|
- Thanks to the lighting upgrade and the installation of PV panels, Carlow County Council saved money and reduced its carbon footprint through the BEC 2017 Programme.
- The lighting upgrade has resulted in a much better quality of light by using the newest technology LED lamps. The decrease in wattage has led to much lower electricity bills.
- The installation of PV panels on the roof of the building has led to a reduction in grid imported electricity on the site.