The Lincoln College Group, a further education college within Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire conducted major LED lighting upgrade works across their three campuses. The project was financed using the Salix College Energy Fund, a 100% interest-free loan from Salix Finance.
Beyond lowering energy costs and carbon emissions, the Lincoln College group were also keen to improve their learning environment. Over 7,000 fluorescent bulbs and fittings were replaced with LEDs across 23 estate buildings.
The eight-month project saw a replacement of internal T12 and T8 fluorescent lighting with LED equivalents, including LED-specific fittings. This resulted in annual electricity savings of 1.5 GWh across the estate, equivalent to a 70% reduction in lighting energy consumption.
Using a loan amount of £704,849, the project is expected to deliver annual savings of £165,274 from lower electricity costs, whilst also benefiting from reduced maintenance. Lifetime savings are estimated at £3.3 million, with the investment calculated to pay for itself in 4.26 years.
The Lincoln Group were delighted with their upgrade from both an aesthetic and energy reduction perspective. Rachel Newton, Group Head of Infrastructure, Facilities and Estates for the college said:
“One of the main benefits of this project has been the significant energy and carbon savings. Outside of the financial, carbon and reduction in electricity usage, we are also benefitting from improved lighting levels within teaching spaces and corridors, creating a lighter and brighter teaching environment for students and staff”.
You can view the case study on the Salix website here.