Competitive energy provider Energia has reduced Pettitts supermarkets' energy costs by €140,000 and its carbon footprint by 480 tonnes by upgrading their lighting and fridges systems.
The project was part of a major new grant funding scheme to incentivise Irish businesses to increase their energy efficiency while reducing their energy costs.
After an extensive audit of the Pettitts group's stores, Energia identified significant savings that could be made from an upgrade to the lighting and refrigeration systems. Over 2,000 fluorescent lights were replaced with energy efficient LED lights in the Pettitts Gorey, Pettitts Arklow and Pettitts Supervalu - Wexford stores. The fridges in Pettitts The Quay in Wexford and Pettitts Arklow were also upgraded - existing freezers were replaced with new sealed units.
These changes have reduced Pettitts annual electricity use by roughly 1,000,000kWhs, cutting their carbon footprint by 480 tonnes of CO2 and generating yearly cost savings of almost €140,000.
The work was carried out under Energia's 'Cash for Kilowatts' scheme that provides grant funding to companies for energy efficiency projects. It means that any company spending more than €5,000 on an energy efficiency project can qualify for grant funding of up to 30% of the project value. The new scheme is open to all businesses, whether or not they are customers of Energia.
As well as benefitting from the generous grants, businesses will also make very significant on-going savings through the energy efficiency projects including LED lighting, new boilers and heating controls and state-of-the-art refrigeration.
Cormac Pettitt, Director, Pettitts Supermarkets said the energy efficiency work by Energia is helping the company significantly reduce its energy usage, which benefits the environment through a big CO2 saving and makes strong business sense.
Cormac Mannion, Energy Service Manager, Energia said its 'Cash for Kilowatts' scheme is an important new initiative to promote energy efficiency upgrades among Irish businesses.
'Energia is offering companies a double incentive. They benefit from the reduction in their ongoing energy costs by installing new efficient systems in areas such as lighting and heating. Reductions of 75 per cent and 30 per cent in lighting and heating bills respectively are possible. But we're also offering grant funding for up to 30% of the project cost to a business upon its completion.'
'Energia has a long standing commitment to sustainability. This is one of the reasons why we are one of the leading providers of renewable energy to homes and businesses across Ireland. We currently supply over 795MWs of green power and thanks to a number of wind farms currently in development, we will soon increase this to 1,000MWs. Energia Group remains one of the most significant contributors to the achievement of Ireland's renewable targets and one of the largest investors in the renewable sector.'