Cutting Energy Bills With LED Lights

Posted On Wednesday, 13 February 2013 08:13 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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PROVIDER of energy-saving solutions to the market, Rawlyn LED Lights, has assisted voestalpine VAE SA to reduce its annual energy bill significantly

EskomThanks to newer, greener technology at its head office and plant in Isando, this major manufacturer of turnouts for the railway industry has already realised a reduction of between 18% and 25% in the monthly kWh used over the past few months. In addition, projected savings at these facilities are estimated to reach almost R300 000 annually.

“voestalpine VAE SA first approached us towards the end of 2011 to conduct an energy audit at its Isando head office. Our first step was to assess the existing lighting in the building. Based on these findings we presented the company with a proposal on the expense and projected savings of implementing energy reduction measures,” explains Warwick Stark of Rawlyn LED Lights.

Rawlyn LED Lights also recommended that Eskom’s Standard Product Programme would be the best suited to cover the initial costs of implementing the changes. With the assistance of the Eskom rebate offered, there was a minimal difference in the total cost of the retrofit, with the company seeing a return on investment in about 13 months from the projected savings on energy.

“Once our proposal was accepted we entered into a test phase, during which we tried out different technologies and wattages to determine the required lux levels,” says Stark.

The retrofit in the head office building included replacing all the existing 50 W halogen downlighters with 3 W LED downlighters, all fluorescent T8 tubes with T5 retrofits and all external flood and street pole parking lights to LEDs. “The demand reduction was calculated at 10 kW from the old technology and a total annual estimated saving of 30 634 kWh. In monetary terms, this equals a saving of almost R35 000 per year,” explains Stark.

These results prompted voestalpine VAE SA to commission Rawlyn LED Lights to conduct an audit on the lighting and heating requirements of its manufacturing plant on the adjacent property in Isando. “The plant had a large number of 400 W high and low bays, and after a sample test area was installed with two different wattage high bays to test Lux levels, we proposed that these be replaced with 250 W induction high bay lights. Our cost analysis showed that this was the most viable option as it offers long maintenance free lighting with good guarantees, a better lighting source and an average 40% saving in most cases,” says Stark.

The old technologies that were replaced in the plant in Isando totalled 125 high bays, 25 low bays, some 20 odd induction flood lights, 260 fluorescent tubes, and 35 T5 channel fittings. In addition to the lighting Rawlyn LED Lights also audited the water heating requirements in the plant. The company proposed that the geysers in the ablution and shower blocks be replaced with 7 kW and 10 kW heat pumps respectively, with an average reduction of 60% in water heating costs projected.

“Overall, voestalpine VAE SA will incur a 55.57 kW demand reduction, which translates to an annual energy saving of 164 480 kWh at these facilities. The company, who is expecting great demand and production increases owing to Transnet’s major expansion and capitalisation project, has now contracted us to complete an audit and recommend similar measures at its manufacturing facility in Kimberley,” says Stark.

Rawlyn LED Lights assists organisations with improving their greener image and reducing their carbon footprint. The company also fully manages the rebate process with the relevant Eskom energy advisor until closeout, in order to claim the agreed rebate on behalf of the client.

“Saving energy is a global drive and benefits the greater economy. Companies who employ greener technology can help Eskom achieve its 10% threshold margin of reserve capacity and assist in preventing future rolling blackouts,” says Stark.

Last modified on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 09:11

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