Shopping Centre Saves 33% With LED Lighting

THE Kennedy Shopping Centre in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, has made a 33% saving on their electricity costs thanks to a new energy efficient lighting upgrade.

Open 26 years, the centre was using old and inefficient lighting for its foyers, basement carpark and toilets. Irish company Energia worked with the centre’s management team and their lighting supplier carried out a test run, upgrading some of the old lighting systems to new LEDs. When this proved a success, a full upgrade took place. The lighting systems were upgraded, saving over 362,117-kilowatt hours of electricity.

As a result, the centre has reduced its electricity bill by over 30%. Even better, the payback period will be 1.7 years.

John Jones, Centre Manager, The Kennedy Centre commented, “The old lighting systems meant that some areas were poorly lit and it was difficult to regularly replace the bulbs, lighting was uneven across the centre.

“Not only have we cut our energy costs significantly, the LEDs in the basement car park are a significant improvement – shoppers feel safer returning to their cars. The new lighting in the foyers has also made the centre more vibrant overall.

“The 20% Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP) grant from Energia has provided a real incentive to undertake these projects and makes the payback period that much shorter. I would not hesitate in recommending the Energia grant scheme to other businesses.”

Janine O’Donnell, Energy Services Programme Manager, Energia commented, “The Kennedy Centre is following a wide range of businesses by making its operations more energy efficient. By working with us on energy efficiency schemes they can save significant amounts of money on their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint.”

Source: Energia - Photo of The Kennedy Centre by David Simpson, reproduced under CCL.

Wednesday 30th August 2017

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