How NSW’s Energy Saving Certificates work is explained by Easy Being Green.
The New South Wales Government’s Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) assists businesses to be more sustainable through various energy saving activities. To be eligible under the scheme, the facility must be located in New South Wales and must create genuine energy savings through one of the scheme’s approved activities.
There are generous financial incentives available for lighting upgrades. The incentives are measured by existing lighting equipment, hours of operation and are converted into measured energy savings.
HOW IT WORKS
Step by step, this is how it works:
- Businesses invest in energy efficient lighting equipment to reduce their energy use.
- Energy Saving Certificates (ESCs) are generated through the reduction in energy use. An Accredited Certificate Provider (ACP) takes the energy savings of a lighting upgrade and combines them to create ESCs. You will be asked to sign a nomination form to transfer the project’s energy savings to them and they will create the ESCs.
- Liable parties, such as electricity retailers, then buy those ESCs.
- This value of ESCs is returned to the business that generated them, retrospectively or as an upfront discount.
Andrew Randall, managing director of Easy Being Green, explains: “The ESS is a terrific practical direct action initiative of the New South Wales Government to assist business to reduce their carbon emission and significantly reduce their costs. All New South Wales businesses should be reviewing their energy usage, and in tough economic conditions, the ESS helps to make energy efficiency a very simple cost reduction.
“An energy efficient lighting upgrade under the ESS has to follow all relevant Australian Standards and guidelines set out by Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).”
CASE STUDY: THE MARRIOTT IN SYDNEY
Easy Being Green, which is an ACP through the scheme, recently upgraded the lighting throughout the Marriott Hotel in the Sydney CBD.
The Marriott; with 32 floors, 518 rooms, 45 suites, 21 meeting rooms and 1,410 square metres of total meeting space; was a high consumers of electricity for lighting.
Over 6000 led downlights and over 1500 T5 conversion kits were installed, saving an accumulated 746,790 kWh savings per year. This has provided estimated cost savings in excess of $200,000 per annum.
“This is real money we can spend on upgrading our chillers and investing in other projects in the hotel,” Cyrus Tolentino, director of engineering at the Sydney Harbour Marriott, comments.
“For the new lighting equipment we chose a 6 watt LED with 30,000 hour lifespan to replace 50 watt halogen downlights and a 22W-T5 conversion kit with 50,000 hours lifespan to replace our old 36 watt fluorescent tubes in the car park, plant rooms and throughout the back of house. The promises have been kept!”
The project has reduced approximately 800 tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to 160 medium sized cars removed off the road.