The College has been looking to improve its learning environment as well as drive down energy costs and reduce carbon emissions so has recently invested in a lighting upgrade at the Wellington Road campus.
Combined £37,000 investment
The works involved the replacement of over 2,800 inefficient fluorescent bulbs and fittings with more reliable and efficient LED panels. In addition to the estimated carbon savings of over 33 tonnes per annum, the project will also save the College over £10,000 annually in energy bills.
The College used the Salix interest free loan scheme which allowed them to manage the purchase and installation of emerging energy technologies by offsetting investment costs against savings in energy consumption. The College will be able to repay the loan using these savings in under 5 years.
Energy Saving Equivalent
The amount of electricity saved as a result of this project provides enough energy to power 21 houses or over 7.5m smart phone charges per annum. That’s a lot of energy!
Carbon Saving Equivalent
The amount of carbon emissions saved from this projects equates to 150,000 miles driven in a car per year – that’s the equivalent of driving from Land’s End to John O’ Groats 171 times!
Dan Harris, the College’s Procurement Manager said: “We are working to ensure that our facilities are as efficient as possible through the development of a sustainable estate. Salix has been fundamental in driving energy efficiency projects throughout the college, as without Salix funding these projects would not have gone ahead. The many projects, ranging from numerous lighting upgrade schemes to server upgrades, have driven down energy consumption and costs year on year allowing continued investment in efficient infrastructure replacement.
“Lighting accounts for a significant proportion of all the electricity consumed within our College. Upgrading our old lighting with more efficient LED lamps and installing lighting controls ensures lights are only used when required. In addition to the significant financial and carbon savings that can be made, the longer lifespan of LED lamps can also reduce maintenance requirements, improve the aesthetics of old buildings and enhance the learning and teaching environment for students, staff and visitors.”