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Dublin City Council Better Energy Communities Project (Completed)

Dublin City Council Better Energy Communities Project (Completed)

January - October 2016

Codema assisted Dublin City Council with the funding and implementation of lighting upgrades in Pearse House, Irishtown Stadium and St Andrew’s Resource Centre, as part of a SEAI Better Energy Communities Project.

Codema's Services

Codema assisted Dublin City Council with the funding and implementation of lighting upgrades in Pearse House, Irishtown Stadium and St Andrew's Resource Centre, as part of an SEAI Better Energy Communities Project.

This project involved the upgrade of lighting in each of the three buildings to energy-efficient LEDs, and will save the City Council a total of €26,000 per year in energy costs, with an average payback of just over two years.

Block E, Pearse House

The upgrades in Pearse House involved all the public access lighting in Block E to energy-efficient LEDs. As part of this work, Codema carried out full Measurement and Verification (M&V) of the works, which involved both before and after measurements of energy consumed on site.  Codema also installed temporary monitoring  equipment to ensure accurate power calculations.  The lighting upgrades to Pearse House are expected to save €2,199 in electricity costs, or 5,849 kilowatt hours (kWhs).

Irishtown Stadium

Irishtown Stadium provides a range of indoor and outdoor activities and as the stadium has long operating hours, it uses a significant amount of lighting which was costing over €11,000 per year.  As part of this project, the majority of indoor and outdoor lighting was upgraded to energy-efficient LEDs, and this is expected to reduce the stadium’s lighting bill by 80%.

This project was also a first for Dublin City Council as it uses an Energy Performance Guarantee mechanism in the contract. This approach sets a target of 40 MWh electrical energy savings, and 10% of the payment is retained until these savings are proven.

In addition to the lighting upgrades, Dublin City Council installed solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of Irishtown Stadium in August 2016.  These panels will help the stadium to save over 13,000 kWh or €1,600 per year, and will complement the savings from the lighting upgrades.

St Andrew's Resource Centre

St Andrew’s Resource Centre is located on Pearse Street and offers a range of services to the local community.  Lights are constantly in use in the building and these lights were contributing significantly to annual electricity costs before the upgrades were carried out.  This included Codema carrying out a feasibility assessment to see what savings could be achieved by upgrading the centre’s lighting.  In addition to SEAI funding through the Better Energy Communities programme, St Andrew's Resource Centre also received over €8,000 from both Dublin City Council and St Patrick's Credit Union to cover the remaining cost of the works.

All of the work was carried out by Watt Less Ltd, and was completed by October 2016.

We are delighted with the savings achieved from Pearse House. The lighting upgrades were carried out in a matter of days, and in addition to the cost and energy savings associated with this work, residents will also benefit from improved, brighter lighting and better security.  Céline Reilly, Executive Manager, Dublin City Council

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