Integrex, based in South Derbyshire, designs and manufactures innovative, interactive electronic and IT products for education, retail and corporate sectors and provides interactive special needs educational and teaching tools to most of the educational authorities in the UK.
Integrex is committed to reducing its carbon emissions by investing in measures to decrease their energy consumption and carbon emissions. The business has had a 30kWp solar panel system installed on the roof, and recently decided to upgrade all lighting to LEDs, with daylight and occupancy sensors where appropriate.
Managing Director, Jonathan Portus was pleased to have received a grant from the D2EE project which meant he could replace all the lights at once:
I’m absolutely delighted that we received a D2 Energy Efficiency grant that allowed us to replace our very old and inefficient lighting with the latest low energy LED lighting. It would not have been realistic to change the entire lighting in the building without the grant and the overall energy saved and improved working conditions have benefited the business beyond our expectations."
Integrex received £5,207, which is 50% of the total cost of the lighting replacement. The amount of energy that could be saved was enhanced by the use of daylight and occupancy sensors, which can save an additional 20% of electricity consumption in areas where they have been installed. The investment is expected to save the business 26,340kWh of energy each year, equating to 9.26tCO2e.
The entire process from initial meeting through to grant application and approval was totally straight forward and well worth the small investment in time.
We have a mixture of lighting technology but the most innovative actually senses the ambient daylight and dynamically turns the LED brightness up and down per individual light panel to further reduce energy usage and provide an even light distribution throughout the room."