Client Success Story

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

The Client

Opal is one of the largest residential care providers in Australia, with 74 homes in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. We have more than 8,500 dedicated team members caring for over 6,500 residents.

Executive summary

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.

Verdia managed the energy efficiency program 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.

Program cuts onsite grid electricity use by 42 percent

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.

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.

Tailored lighting solutions better suited to the different spaces

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.”

Key

project facts

Opal Aged Care LED Lighting and Solar PV Program

State
LED Lights
kW
Panels
Energy Savings
State
NSW
LED Lights
9,286
kW
1,850
Panels
5,692
Energy Savings
29
State
QLD
LED Lights
9,609
kW
732
Panels
2,252
Energy Savings
59
State
VIC
LED Lights
9,394
kW
827
Panels
2,544
Energy Savings
42
State
TOTAL
LED Lights
28,289
kW
3,409
Panels
10,653
Energy Savings
42

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
10,653

Solar panels

76.5

enough to cover 78 (Doubles) tennis courts

3.5 MW

3.5 MW solar energy

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