Bridport & West Dorset Sports Trust – LED Lighting Project

Location: Bridport, Dorset
Project cost:
Grant: £5,210.60
Estimated Savings: 13 tonnes of CO2 per year / £3,400 per year
Equipment / Installer: 34 LED light fittings – Dextra Lighting, Removal of existing lights and installation of new LEDs – Peter George Electrical Contractor

View Bridport & West Dorset Sport Trust’s case study here

Bridport Leisure centre is a busy facility offering a wide range of activities to the local community. In order to reduce their extremely high energy demand the sports trust replaced the old light fittings in their sports hall and squash courts with 34 highly efficient LEDs.

Over the past decade the Bridport & West Dorset Sports Trust has invested in a number of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures to reduce the centre’s high gas and electricity demand. These have included a heat recovery system in the pool, boiler upgrades, new pool covers, energy efficient water pumps and LEDs.  All of which have amounted to huge savings (45% reduction in electricity and 32% reduction in gas use).  But with a carbon footprint of still over 400 tonnes of CO2 a year, more was needed.  With this in mind the Sports Trust contacted Low Carbon Dorset for help to explore further energy saving opportunities.

In an earlier drive to be more efficient some of the centre’s lighting was switched to LEDs.  It was quickly recognised that further carbon and cost savings could be made by converting the remaining lights in the sports hall and squash courts.  34 LEDs were installed at a cost of £13k. With the help of a grant from Low Carbon Dorset to cover 40%, the LEDs will pay for themselves in just over 2 years.  After this the sports trust will reduce its energy bill by £3.4k each year!

Potential opportunities for further energy savings were highlighted in the leisure centre’s energy report.  These included further investigation into more solar PV panels on the centre’s available roof space.  There may also be potential for further savings by exploring alternatives to the centre’s heating and air handling systems.

“The LED upgrade has improved the lighting in the sports hall and squash courts and will lead to a significant reduction in our electricity consumption in the years to come.”

William Thrower, Centre Manager – Bridport Leisure Centre

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