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Reduce lighting energy consumption by approximately 76-percent

“An LED refit was far more cost-effective than replacing like-for-like fixtures” 

 

BACKGROUND

A leading global ICT company, with a presence in over 160 countries. Specialising in desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, servers and smartphones, with offices, a major warehouse, distribution and workshop facility based in Sydney.

PROJECT

The ICT company decided to look for a long-term lighting solution that delivered the following outcomes:

  • Reduced light energy consumption across the warehouse, distribution centre and workshop area.
  • Improved light quality and lighting levels.
  • Reduce maintenance costs.
  • Costs savings across the business.

OUR SOLUTION

In 2018 Emerald Planet worked with one of our leading energy efficiency partners to fully upgrade the ICT company’s warehouse, distribution centre and test facility. By replacing the existing 400W metal halide high bays with new Emerald Eye LED High Bays fitted with motion and lux sensors, the ICT company was able to reduce their warehouse lighting energy consumption by approximately 76 percent, saving an estimated $30K on lighting energy costs per year. The Emerald Eye’s programmable sensor enables additional energy-savings by automatically switching the lights off when a site is unoccupied and only reactivating if insufficient ambient light is present. Emerald Planet’s low-glare Ambassador LED panels were also installed in the workshop area, delivering even lux without glare, providing a comfortable working environment.

PRODUCT 

  • Emerald Eye LED High Bays
  • Ambassador LED Panels
  • XL LED Battens
  • LED Tubes
Claire DayReduce lighting energy consumption by approximately 76-percent
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18th NOV ENERGY EFFICIENCY EXPO UPDATE CONTINUED…

This week we continue to explore the factors that impact the BAU case. These factors should be applied independently when considering their impact across energy efficiency schemes such as the VEU. We also explore the potential technologies that could take-up the short-fall in certificate creation, such as Project Based Activities (PBA), if lighting is re-considered in the 2021-2025 target setting for the VEU.

Other factors that impact the Business As Usual (BAU) case…

Have other state based energy-saving schemes adopted a BAU approach?

  • NSW Scheme (ESS): have applied a small BAU discount factor to commercial lighting as part of a long-term strategy.
  • SA Scheme (REES): have not factored BAU as a result of the challenges around market penetration. The REES is in the process of removing its 900GJ cap to support deeper market penetration.

VEU abatement lighting opportunities are still readily available. 

Residential lighting opportunities:

  • Dimmable downlights: very low penetration to date.

Commercial lighting opportunities:

  • Warehouses (medium to large businesses): highbays, floodlights and battens.
  • Office spaces (very low penetration to date): fluorescent troffers, downlights, battens and floodlights. 
  • Small business: shoplights, fluorescent lights and battens.
  • Sports lighting: tennis, soccer, football clubs (etc).

If BAU is imposed, affecting the abatement within lighting in a negative way, what are the possible implications?

  1. Certificate creation will drop: lighting currently makes up >80% of all creation. Changing the abatement could affect this delivery and significantly impact the ability to supply certificates.
  2. May not meeting targets: the risks around not meeting compulsory certificate targets is significantly increased. If this happens the ‘liable parties’ (energy retailers) will seek compensation or relief.
  3. Certificate prices will rise: current certificate prices reside at approximately $20.00-$22.00. If certificate prices rise this will impact energy retailers and ultimately consumers. Retailers could impose higher electrical bills as a trigger to regain margins. 
  4. Risk of job losses in Victoria: lighting under the VEU has become an industry. Thousands of people and businesses are employed or supported by the VEU. If significant changes are made to the inclusion of lighting in the VEU, this industry is at risk of collapse. 
  5. Other industries will be impacted: such as solar. A high number of solar installers sell lighting as part of their value proposition. Therefore, lighting will impact solar businesses.
  6. Affordability: residential and commercial consumers can not afford to invest in upgrades without the support of an energy-efficiency scheme.
  7. Lighting outcomes: the customer is guaranteed a lighting outcome that will comply to the relevant standards. Products are of a very high quality as a reflection of the strong compliance hurdles the VEU have imposed on approved products.
  8. What other technologies could take up the shortfall in certificate creation?
  • New deemed activities: What activities? Are they tested and commercial?
  • Insulation
  • Project based activities (PBA)

Project based activities (PBA) is characterised by the following:

  • Projects are long and slow, can take between 1-9 years.
  • Upfront customer contribution will be high.
  • Opportunities lie at the big-end of town.
  • Residential & small to medium businesses will not benefit.
  • Certificate creation will be hidden and inconsistent.
  • Risks around meeting forward contracts will be challenging.
  • General commercial risk will be high.
  • Compliance risk is high and challenging.

Furthermore, PBA is untested in high volumes.

Current PBA certificate creation so far in 2019:

  • NSW = <3% – 56K certificates created (PBA has been active in NSW for 5-years)
  • VIC = <1% – 14k certificates created

 

Don’t miss next week’s article where we summaries Stuart Edgley’s Energy Expo discussion and the details published over the last 3-weeks.

Claire Day18th NOV ENERGY EFFICIENCY EXPO UPDATE CONTINUED…
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WEEKLY NSW ESS ANALYSIS WE 17TH NOVEMBER 2019

ESS Certificate Creation Report – creation between 10/11/2019 and 17/11/2019.

Results

  • Weekly creation was 22,858 ESCs created compared with 206,977 ESCs created in the previous week.
  • The average for the last 4 weeks is 86K ESCs.
  • Commercial Lighting contributed 10,633 ESCs (47%) compared to 64,738 ESCs (31%) created in the previous week .
  • HEER contributed 5,443 ESCs (24%) compared to 59,049 ESCs (29%) created in the previous week.
  • The ESC spot price remained steady at $22.60 COB last Friday.

Analysis

Certificate Creation Breakdown

Weekly: Total ESC Creation Pie Chart

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WEEKLY VEU ANALYSIS WE 17TH NOVEMBER 2019

VEU Certificate Creation Report- creation between 10/11/2019 and 17/11/2019.

Results

  • 171,980 certificates created were created for the period between 10/11/2019and 17/11/2019.
  • Commercial Lighting contributed 47,061 VEECs (27.36%) compared to 33,419 VEECs (23.23%) created in the previous week.
  • Updated 21A contributed 72,254 VEECs (42.01%) compared to 76,172 VEECs (52.95%) created in the previous week.
  • The VEEC price was at $24.40 up from $23.30 COB last Friday.

Target Tracking

  • The 2019 target is 6.3M with currently 9,788,100 VEECs already Registered or Created.
  • The 2020 target is 6.5M.
  • This means in total, the scheme needs to create 3,011,902 VEECs between today and the end of 2020. (59 creation weeks)
  • To achieve the 2020 target we need to average 51k certificates per week.
  • The average creation for 2019 to this point has been 108k VEECs/week.

Please note, this is creation – not all VEECs created are registered.

Analysis

Certificate Creation Breakdown

Weekly: Total Certificate Creation Pie Chart

Bibek RegmiWEEKLY VEU ANALYSIS WE 17TH NOVEMBER 2019
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