Collaboration brings savings for council lighting costs

Siemens Smart Infrastructure has partnered with Lynx Group, turnkey LED lighting specialists, to help Stoke-on-Trent City Council make energy efficiencies across its property portfolio.

LED lighting systems have been installed across the council’s property portfolio in a nine-month project to enhance the lighting environment across the estate.

The joint investment scheme has guaranteed significant energy savings and cut carbon emissions of 437 tonnes each year. The new lighting systems have reduced lighting loads by 76 per cent with annual savings of £205,663.

The new energy-efficient lighting systems have been installed in the Civic Centre and Town Hall, in Stoke; Swann House administrative centre, John Street multi-storey car park, in Hanley; Gladstone Pottery Museum (pictured), in Longton; Hanley Market, and in three sports and leisure facilities – Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Dimensions Leisure Centre and New Horizons Sport and Leisure Centre.

In total 5,440 energy-efficient LED luminaires were installed, saving the council 1,413,785kWhrs per annum.

The ten-year lease scheme has already provided significant value for money, with costs being covered by the savings over the lifetime of the programme. Smart Infrastructure is contracted to fit and maintain the new systems designed and be guaranteed by Siemens as part of the agreement.

On the initiative, Carl Ennis, managing director, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, said: “This has been an ambitious upgrade, spread across multiple sites and public buildings, that has delivered significant financial and environmental savings. Against a backdrop of rising energy costs, shrinking budgets and a demand for lower-carbon targets, the move to a modern energy-efficient lighting system has provided both better value for taxpayers and a sustainable greener environment for the future.”

Dave Kelly, Siemens project manager for the Lighting Project said: “Siemens has been collaborating with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to develop potential energy projects as part of the 2020 ‘Stronger Together’ strategy. While there have been multiple energy saving opportunities, the lighting replacement programme represented its fastest route to making a difference. By freeing up the capital being spent on energy bills the council now has greater financial freedom to divert funds for other essential services across the borough. The project showcases the merits of a successful public private sector partnership.”

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