Ealing Council light the way to energy savings with Mayflower CMS and efficient LED Street Lighting.
As the project to transition the Borough’s standard 20,000 street lamps to LED’s reaches completion, Ealing Council has begun to realise the benefits of ‘going green’ but also advancing its ambitions of becoming a ‘Smart City’ by utilising Mayflower Smart Controls CMS.
In 2015, aiming to reduce street lighting energy and maintenance costs, works began in Ealing to replace all the existing high pressure sodium lights with state of the art LED lanterns as part of an existing 25 year PFI (Private Finance Initiative) between the Council and SSE Enterprise. Switching to LED Lighting alone may not normally be enough to meet a city’s energy consumption and reduction targets. More adaptive and dynamic solutions are required with Ealing Council concluding that a CMS (Central Management System) would enhance street light operational efficiency and provide increased flexibility with regard to light output levels.
With the emphasis on increasing controllability, Mayflower CMS was installed. This state of the art system provides remote control, monitoring and energy measurement of street lighting over a wireless interface, allowing the Council to adapt and manage lighting in line with lighting policy.
So far, the combination of LED conversion and Mayflower’s CMS has generated an estimated 45-50% of energy savings, which is enough energy to power up to 5,000 homes per annum, as well as significantly reducing CO2 emissions. A large part of this has been accomplished by the move to LED, however further savings will be made as the Council makes increased use of the Mayflower CMS system to ‘trim’ street lights in certain areas.
Other benefits anticipated by Ealing are a significant drop in false call outs and a reduction in maintenance costs. This will be due to the longevity of the LED luminaires and the fact that the Mayflower CMS provide a report on the performance of each individual street light.
With the upgrade to LED’s and the Mayflower system ready to interact with future IoT (Internet of Things) applications, Ealing Council is now well placed to take advantage of other technological solutions and develop further as a ‘Smart City’.
MD of Mayflower, Patrick Mitchell commented; “The team at Mayflower are delighted to have assisted Ealing Council achieve significant savings and increased efficiency via flexible control and management of the lighting assets. We continue to work with Ealing Council exploring new and innovative ‘Smart City’ applications that will benefit its stakeholders in the future.”
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for transport leisure and environment said: “We upgraded our street-lighting technology in 2016 with the aim of cutting energy costs and carbon emissions in this area by half. Now, almost a year on, the council is benefiting from a more cost-effective, greener service. We are also using Mayflower’s smart technology to monitor and maintain street-lighting centrally, reducing its cost even further by cutting the amount of call-outs.
“We remain committed to further improving energy efficiency to ensure the best value for council tax payers and see services run in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way.”
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