Renewable Energy Project: Energy Efficiency
The Parkholme Community Child Care centre is a sister site of the Warradale CCC CORENA’s 7th project).
Earlier projects were either solar-only or a mix of solar PV and energy efficiency (EE) measures. This was our first EE-only project, replacing all the Parkholme CCC fluoro tubes and halogen downlights with energy efficient LED lighting. Energy efficiency is an equally important part of the transition to 100% renewable energy as solar PV, and in some cases is an even more cost effective way of reducing carbon emissions.
The payback time on a LED lighting upgrade depends greatly on the number of hours lighting is used. Parkholme CCC lighting is in use during all opening hours, from 6.45am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday, so their lighting upgrade paid for itself in just over 2 years.
This project has been fully funded – Thank you!
Status: Funded project – loan fully repaid
Loan amount: $3,760
Loan repayments: $400/quarter
– Replaced 61x 36W fluorescent lamps with 18W LED lamps (a 36W fluoro plus ballast uses around 46W)
– Replaced 8x 50W halogen downlights with 9W LED fittings (a 50W halogen downlight actually uses around 55W)
Expected savings: 5,863kWh/year, $1,934/year
Reduction in carbon emissions/yr: Equivalent to 1.01 average households using renewable electricity instead of grid electricity