National Stadium Program reducing Australia’s sporting facilities’ lighting costs
A National Stadium Program is reducing Australia’s sporting facilities’ lighting costs. The Central Coast Youth Club at Niagara Park has cut its total site energy use by 28 percent through the program.
The Central Coast Youth Club (CCYC) at Niagara Park on Gosford’s northern outskirts is expecting to reduce its court energy use by 64 percent following the installation of a new $50,000 clean technology lighting system by Global Sustainability Initiatives (GSI).
The club replaced existing high bay lighting at the basketball courts, stadium entrance and trampoline area with multi-lamp high technology reflector lighting,
According to Jeremy Maslin, managing director of GSI, the new lighting system, which was installed in January 2012, has already cut the club’s total site energy use by 28 percent, cutting its $48,000 annual energy cost and greenhouse gas emissions by 63 tonnes a year.
Maslin notes that the CCYC project inspired a similar lighting project at a neighbouring stadium which also realised a reduction in court lighting energy costs of 61 percent.
CCYC is part of GSI’s National Stadium Program and joins a large number of stadiums from across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia working with GSI to reduce their energy costs and install an improved lighting solution. Due to its success, the program has recently expanded to include other indoor sports venues and school gymnasiums.
Wayne Winiata, general manager of CCYC, recommends that other stadiums join the program. “We have achieved significant energy and cost reductions, and the light levels have dramatically improved on all courts. We should have done this sooner,” he comments.
Low Carbon Australia tailored a finance solution for CCYC so the club did not have to fund the $50,000 upfront project cost itself. “Instead, they’re paying back the cost of the project over five years through the savings they make on their energy bills,” Meg McDonald, CEO of Low Carbon Australia, states.
“This project shines the light on what is possible for clubs that would like to make energy efficiency improvements,” she concludes.