Customer Success Story

Energy make-over improves lighting and amenity for Opal Aged Care residents

Australian aged care specialist Opal Aged Care (Opal) is installing more than 28,000 energy efficient LED lights and over 10,500 solar panels at 54 properties, in a program that is delivering an improved indoor environment for residents and staff.

The energy efficiency program is being managed by leading energy services business Verdia at aged care homes across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

The project is one of the biggest energy efficiency programs in the aged care sector and is expected to be complete by early next year.

The program will cut onsite grid electricity use by about 42 percent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent as well producing a better standard of lighting across the 54 properties.

Roof-top solar at Opal Macquarie Place, Cameron Park NSW
Roof-top Solar at Opal Meadowglen, VIC
Roof-top Solar at Opal Meadowglen, VIC

As part of the project, Verdia completed a series of trials at several properties to test technology and lighting quality. We spoke to staff and residents to get feedback and make sure the new lighting was comfortable, produced a better ambiance and helped those who needed a better light because of fading eyesight.

Warmer LED luminaires are being installed in bedrooms and living spaces to provide a more comfortable atmosphere, other LEDs in bathrooms and kitchens are brighter and provide better directional light.

Outdoor lights are more resilient to dust and water.

There will now be more tailored lighting solutions that are better suited to the different spaces within each of the facilities.

Verdia CEO Paul Peters said the lighting improvements would also produce better energy performance and was being delivered by teams of contractors working across three states.

“About 80 electricians, installers and manufacturers are helping to deliver the program over six to nine months. It means that project benefits are delivered sooner,” Mr Peters said.

“There is a very big focus on quality and safety, but we’re still able to accelerate the program and deliver results in a short timeframe,” Mr Peters said.

“About 35 per cent of total energy consumption at a typical aged care facility is used for lighting. We’ll reduce the amount of energy consumed via more efficient LED technology and we are also helping Opal produce more of the electricity they require on-site via solar PV.

“All up we expect to cut electricity use by about 42% per cent across the 54 residential homes. That’s a very good environmental outcome, but it’s also helping to improve the operational efficiency of each facility.”

Read about Opal Macquarie Place at Cameron Park in NSW.

OPAL AGED CARE LED LIGHTING AND SOLAR PV PROGRAM

LED Lights

Solar PV (KW)

Solar Panels

Energy Savings

Carbon Emission Savings (tonnes CO2-e)

LED Lights

9,286
NSW

Solar PV (KW)

1,850
NSW

Solar Panels

5,692
NSW

Energy Savings

29
NSW

Carbon Emission Savings (tonnes CO2-e)

3,183
NSW

LED Lights

9,609
QLD

Solar PV (KW)

732
QLD

Solar Panels

2,252
QLD

Energy Savings

59
QLD

Carbon Emission Savings (tonnes CO2-e)

1,970
QLD

LED Lights

9,394
VIC

Solar PV (KW)

827
VIC

Solar Panels

2,544
VIC

Energy Savings

42
VIC

Carbon Emission Savings (tonnes CO2-e)

2,544
VIC

LED Lights

28,289
TOTAL

Solar PV (KW)

3,409
TOTAL

Solar Panels

10,653
TOTAL

Energy Savings

42
TOTAL

Carbon Emission Savings (tonnes CO2-e)

6,872
TOTAL

SOLAR SYSTEM COMPARISONS

State

Energy Savings (MWh)

Enough to power

Carbon Emission Savings (tonnes CO2-e)

Equal to…

State

NSW

Energy Savings (MWh)

2,265

Enough to power

389
homes

Carbon Emission Savings (tonnes CO2-e)

1,880

Equal to…

1,055
cars off the road

State

QLD

Energy Savings (MWh)

1,074

Enough to power

147
homes

Carbon Emission Savings (tonnes CO2-e)

848

Equal to…

379
cars off the road

State

VIC

Energy Savings (MWh)

868

Enough to power

191
homes

Carbon Emission Savings (tonnes CO2-e)

938

Equal to…

675
cars off the road

State

TOTAL

Energy Savings (MWh)

4,207

Enough to power

727
homes

Carbon Emission Savings (tonnes CO2-e)

3,666

Equal to…

2,109
cars off the road

3.5 MW solar (10,653 panels) = enough to cover 78 (Doubles) tennis courts or 43 average suburban blocks