Energy efficiency upgrades for government buildings in Ireland

Up to €4 million (£3.6m) is being provided to improve the energy efficiency of government buildings across Ireland. It is part of a new pilot scheme aimed at reducing the energy dependency of public buildings and cutting costs. The buildings selected for the project are those that already have energy management awareness programmes in place […]

Calls for all cities to adopt LED streetlights by 2025

If the entire world switched to LEDs, lighting’s share of power consumption would fall from 15% to 8%. That’s according to Philips Lighting, which has called for all cities to adopt 100% LED street lighting by 2025. There are approximately 300 million streetlights across the world – only a tenth have undergone energy efficient upgrades […]

Shopping centre bags serious energy savings

A shopping centre in Northern Ireland has cut its electricity bill by a third after installing energy efficient lighting upgrades. The Kennedy Centre in Belfast had its 26-year old system upgraded – it says the work has resulted in significant savings both in terms of energy consumption and cost, with the payback period estimated to […]

UK pet retailer makes pawsitive change with LED system

A UK pet retailer has slashed energy use by a third by installing energy efficient lighting systems. Pets at Home spent £8 million implementing the LED project last year across its 437 stores. The investment represents the largest capital expenditure project ever undertaken by the firm, with a payback of under two and a half years. The […]

Philips switches on bird-friendly LED streetlights

Philips Lighting is to roll out energy efficient LED streetlights in the Netherlands that have been designed to be friendly to migrating birds. It claims the street lighting could cut energy consumption by up to 70% and contribute towards Ameland’s sustainable goals. One of the Netherlands’ northern most islands, Ameland supports the Dark Sky World […]

London streetlights go green

A London council is to start making its streetlights more sustainable. Barking and Dagenham Borough Council is to receive a £6.8 million green loan from the Green Investment Bank (GIB). It will finance the replacement of around 14,790 traditional streetlights with efficient LED models and could eventually save the council up to £21 million. The council expects annual savings of […]

GIB provides £10.2m for Kent’s street lights

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) is investing £10.2 million in a street lighting project in Kent. The money will part-fund Kent County Council’s £40 million project, which involves the replacement of 120,000 traditional streetlights with LED alternatives. It also includes the installation of a central management system to increase the efficiency of the local authority’s […]

India to get cheaper LEDs

People in India will get cheaper LED lightbulbs from October. State-run firm Energy Efficient Services will distribute them to consumers at a price of Rs 220 (£2.5) per bulb. Depending on the taxes and storage charges, these lights will cost consumers between Rs 210 (£2.4) and Rs 230 (£2.6), the firm stated. Replacement of conventional […]

Switch to LEDs to save UK council £14m

Bolton Council expects to save millions of pounds on energy bills over 20 years as a result of being energy efficient. More than half of Bolton’s street lamps have been switched to LEDs since the rollout began in April last year. That’s around 15,000 lights in more than 2,000 streets. The project is expected to […]

Smart grid technologies ‘to save $18.8bn by 2021’

The deployment of smart grid technologies will deliver $18.8 billion (£14.3bn) in cost savings by 2021. That’s according to a report from Juniper which states this will be achieved through reducing energy use and avoiding economic costs from emissions. It also forecasts the smart street lighting market to surge in the next five years. That’s […]