Energy Management

Australian club to save $100,000 over 5 years

Two Enigin Australian distributors; Chris Wright of Energy Partners Australia and George Seghabi from Solar Power NSW, have been working with a local leagues club in a Syndey suburb since 2009. In that time they have tracked and monitored energy consumption at the site identifying saving opportunities for the client that will top $100,000 in the first five years.

Go West

West’s Tennis Club is part of a sports and entertainment venue located in Campbelltown, a southwestern suburb of Sydney. The club currently attracts around 40,000 club going members per annum, offering a range of sporting, dining and entertainment facilities.

By monitoring the ongoing energy consumption within the main 2,000sq/m club they hoped to better understand their usage profile, and subsequently reveal any potential savings to be had.

Understanding the need

Energy Partners Australia, working in partnership with a local provider of Power Factor correction solutions, explained the need for transparency in the process. It is only through accurate measurement that savings can be identified and later proved.

The client was introduced to the EnergyMaps process and six Eniscope meters were installed across two sites, including the Tennis Club, to initiate the ‘Control’ stage of the process.

During the initial assessment period, the Eniscope revealed daily trends at the Tennis Club matching expectations for a typical club of its size, with the normal fit out of appliances; lighting, refrigeration, air conditioning and cooking equipment.

The sites main operating hours were shown to be 12 hours per day, across seven days per week, totaling around 84 operational hours per week.

The Eniscope provided detailed and accurate information on the electricity supply and power quality across all three phases of power supply, enabling Energy Partners’s strategic partner in Power Factor to assess the benefit of installing Power Factor correction technology.

The data collected showed a poor power quality, averaging 0.87. Power Factor is a measure of how effectively power is being utilized and is measured between one and zero (with one being the perfect score).

Power factor dictates how much electricity a retail energy provider supplies to a site. A poor power factor results in a need for more electricity to be delivered to a site. A good power factor requires less electricity to be delivered which directly results in cost savings for clients of this size.

They’ve got the power…

The poor power quality at the tennis club, revealed by the Ensicope, was directly targeted by P

ower Factor correction technology supplied by the strategic partner. The result was a new average of 0.967 resulting in immediate savings for the client.

By measuring the power quality over the month following installation and comparing it to the assessment period it was possible to demonstrate the efficacy of the solution and the return on investment (ROI) of the technology.

Making use of Eniscope Analytics and the historical data Chris and his team were able to provide detailed comparisons and analysis. The analysis showed a saving of 293 kWh per day, resulting in a reduction of electrical load on the circuit of 20%+ . This added up to an annual cost saving of $18,000, providing a payback period of less than 2 years.

Factoring in conservative electrical price rises over the period, the forecasted accumulated savings over the first five years was identified to be in excess of $100,000.

Energy Partners Australia is now actively monitoring nine Eniscopes across four separate sites at the club. The client continues to work with Chris and his team at Energy Partners Australia to identify other cost saving initiatives. George and his team of renewable energy specialists are in the process of installing a 100KW solar system that will provide an average of 500hw(h) per day, with the potential to generate another $40,000 per year in saved energy costs.