Energy Efficiency Savings

There is little or no strategy within Government for identifying quick win energy savings. For example, we have seen the unique Waveguide Lighting LED technology that SNX actually trialled on the Isle of Man, win the last five tender specifications put out by the Government. Installations at Nobles Hospital and the NSC are now delivering a staggering improvement on the lighting performance in every instance, but more importantly at a vast reduction in running costs, with paybacks often around just two years. We have another nine projects that have had surveys undertaken, that have been sat in a Government officer's drawer for nearly 2 years, with just £550K of capital investment able to deliver £3.3M of savings alone. There are hundreds more projects beyond these.

The following sites should be fastracked immediately for an upgrade in their lighting schemes.

The projects and savings data are:-

Nobles Ward Corridors, Lighting.

Capex £220,082, Annual Saving £ 61,430, Payback 3.58 years, Warranty 10 years, Savings over product lifetime £1,105,740.00

IOM Airport, Illuminated Signage.

Capex £56,400, Annual Saving £ 33,600, Payback 1.67 years, Warranty 10 years, Savings over product lifetime £ 604,800

IOM Airport, Terminal Lighting

Capex £ £166,353, Annual Saving £ 46,525, Payback 3.57 years, Warranty 10 years, Savings over product lifetime £ 837,450.

Queen Elizabeth II Sports Hall Lighting

Capex £ 17,500, Annual Saving £5,020, Payback 3.48 years, Warranty 10 years, Savings over product lifetime £ 190,760.

Ballakermeen Sports Hall Lighting

Capex £12,000, Annual Savings £2,680, Payback 4.61 years, Warranty 10 years, Savings over product lifetime £ 72,360

Southlands Internal Lighting

Capex £23,420, Annual Savings £5,039, Payback 4.6 years, Warranty 10 years, Savings over product lifetime £ 100,780

Western Pool Lighting

Capex £ 26,411, Annual Savings £ 4,724, Payback 5.59 years, Warranty 10 years, Savings over product lifetime £ 108,652

IOM College external lighting

Capex £24,484, Annual Saving £3,878.00, Payback 6.31 years, Warranty 10 years, Savings over product lifetime £ 89,194

NSC Sports Hall Lighting

Capex £31,208, Annual Saving £9,774, Payback 3.19 years, Warranty 10 years, Savings over product lifetime £195,480


Why the contribution is important

This idea clearly shows the lack of comprehension within Government in recognising opportunities to save significant money when they arise. It also highlights the outdated and irrelevant criteria for procurement that fails to recognise real value by taking into consideration whole life savings over the longevity of the product.

The total savings missed by Government from the time the 9 reports above were submitted until the present date is £345,340 and is rising daily.

You now have your own case studies to prove the performance and running costs and are taking no notice of them. Why??

There are hundreds of other IOM Public Sector buildings able to benefit from this approach, even before we begin to consider the Private Sector, with huge savings available. We have a product robustly trialled on the Island that should be adopted and exploited as quickly as possible to ensure the savings are harvested properly.

by SteveBrownSNX on May 14, 2017 at 12:42AM

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  • Posted by LyndaL May 14, 2017 at 08:25

    DOI Patrick Road Depot - heating boiler on 24/7!
  • Posted by Fairforall May 14, 2017 at 09:04

    The Gov. has a dilemma here. It needs the income to help cover the MEA debt but savings of this magnitude should not have been ignored once the SNX system had been proven.
    There is no doubt in my mind that the biggest saving of all could be made at the prison.
    Well done for making the public aware of this.
  • Posted by dpfellows May 14, 2017 at 12:05

    For clarity are the annual savings on the 9 projects £330,000 i.e. £3.3 million over 10 years?

    Are there potential savings in all government occupied properties?

    You sound very frustrated with the public service approach on this. Have you continued to follow up on what is happening to delay decision making and why?
  • Posted by dpfellows May 14, 2017 at 12:08

    For clarity are the annual savings on the 9 projects £330,000 i.e. £3.3 million over 10 years?

    Are there potential savings in all government occupied properties?

    You sound very frustrated with the public service approach on this. Have you continued to follow up on what is happening to delay decision making and why?
  • Posted by dpfellows May 14, 2017 at 12:09

    Steve I see the Waveguide Lighting Website also illustrate street lighting applications. Is that used here? If not would there be savings and approximately of what proportion?
  • Posted by Hemmingway May 14, 2017 at 13:32

    All good ideas.
    There are other such possibilities, such as installing solar panels and maybe even small wind turbines on government buildings.
    (It might be especially good to put these on schools - and use them as teaching aids for the children - showing how the wind/sun produce electricity and hot water etc.)
  • Posted by dpfellows May 14, 2017 at 16:27

    Fairforall's comment also relevant. There is a dilemma about both energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy due to the large and growing MEA debt and the significantly greater than needed generating capacity it provided.

    Unless much more can be achieved by exporting energy produced here reductions in the use of electricity probably mean higher consumer charges to cover fixed costs - or higher water and sewerage charges.

  • Posted by SteveBrownSNX May 14, 2017 at 22:56

    To respond to the above comments, and thank you all for your interest by the way,:-

    Ref Fairforall, I believe the MUA has a fighting chance with the appointment of Alex Allinson MHK as Chairman, who I met last week. Liked him a lot. If he proves to be his own man and, time will soon tell on that matter, the MUA can be a progressive force for good on the IOM, but in reality, only if it can be unburdened by this ridiculous millstone debt that continues to grow. Irrespective of that, he needs to seek outside help for strategy and initiatives rather than from in house, with the same time served executives who have repeatedly failed to effect a positive difference in making the best of the situation they are in.

    The Waveguide Lighting is already proven and we have so many installations now performing to the levels we state, including several on the Isle of Man. Our calculations are sound and are based on actual hard data and basic science. You will find details on this unique, revolutionary technology here

    A classic example is the 2 main corridors/streets we did at Nobles Hospital. The cost to undertake the project was £ 109,273.00 (including Professional Fees) and the Energy Initiatives Capital Fund financed the project. This has now unbelievably been scrapped. The reduction in energy consumption achieved was 86.5% equating to £48,450.00 per year, simple payback 2.25 years. The expected equipment life is 18 years, so the lifetime savings of £ 872,100.00 should be achieved by this project.

    Most importantly, the performance is stunning. No flicker or glare and because our fittings can deliver light to much greater areas, we were able to remove the 430 existing fittings and replace them with just 216 no. Add to this, that each fitting uses less LED lights within them and a greatly reduced drive current to run them, it is easy to see why such enormous savings are possible.

    In light of this, and bearing in mind that we have also replaced all the external lighting with Waveguide, why is the Government walking away from further installations and continuing this archaic procurement process of repeated specification tenders when all the information has been repeatedly submitted with the same outcome in each instance? Why has the MUA not come banging our door down, if only to explore the merits of our systems for themselves? We have 13,500 street lights currently going in to Chester City Council at the moment and a new unit coming shortly that has groundbreaking photometrics. There doesn't appear to be any accountability.

    Once again, Waveguide is a good news story for the Isle of Man because we trialed the latest generation here before commercial release. For the life of me, I can't understand why the Government hasn't exploited this fact to the max. Every project has been tortuous in getting the work over the line when they should be looking at every possible application for it to make the savings available as quickly as possible. We can even structure a finance package whereby their monthly repayments for a fully installed turnkey solution are less than the savings made within the same period!

    With regards to the prison, we have already done some significant Air Tightness Testing and subsequent remedial works, producing energy reductions of approx £16K per year through reducing air leakage alone. The capital cost of all this will be paid back inside 8 years, which on a building of 75 year lifespan is a no-brainer. We have also done a full Energy Audit on the building and I think, I remember rightly that we could upgrade all the lighting to a 5 year payback, which again would warrant uptake, but no sign as yet!

    There are enormous energy savings to be made across all the Government's building stock and indeed throughout the Private Sector, but we still seem to be treated as a dark art by the decision makers!
    It is difficult to sell a discipline or product to someone who does not understand the science or application, and there lies a major Government procurement flaw.

    To dpfellows, the 10 years on savings is simply the warranty period. Savings will go on well beyond this and accumulate further, depending on the level of usage in each location. I think the lifespan at the hospital, for example, comes out at about 18 years. Our figures therefore, are very conservative.

    Working on the Isle of Man, is enormously frustrating and particularly with our interests in the UK developing at pace, I will have to evaluate whether we remain as focused here on trying to eek out a living when we are being sought out and welcomed with open arms across.

    We have been called in to DEFA next month to, in their words, 'present our credentials in the Cleantech Sector'. In each of the last 5 years, SNX projects have been he biggest winners at the Governments own Annual Energy Awards, winning 10 awards outright and gaining 10 further High Commendations! I hope that may satisfy their requirement for our credentials!

    I truly believe that we are not liked because we uncover problems, many they don't want to know about at all.

    If anyone wants to contact me outside of this forum, my email address is

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