Below are real examples of how other businesses in regional Queensland have made changes to how they use electricity to earn a cashback incentive payment. In most cases ongoing savings in electricity running costs will also be achieved.
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Food distributor - $14,000 cashback
A food distribution business installed variable speed drives in their cold room and freezer compressors, replaced fluorescent tubes, spotlights and warehouse lighting with LED lighting, and installed motion sensors. This produced a reduction in network peak demand that earned the business a $14,000 cashback incentive payment. The business will also enjoy ongoing electricity savings of approximately $21,000 per year delivering a return on investment in 2 years.1
A major meat processor installed power factor correction equipment to improve site efficiency that reduced network peak demand by 280kVa.2 These changes earned a cashback incentive payment of $83,000. With a change to a kVA demand tariff the business will also achieve ongoing electricity savings each year.
Pharmacy - $4,000 cashback
A pharmacy conducted a major upgrade to its lighting including replacing 190 existing florescent tube fittings with high efficiency LED panels, and 22 High Intensity Discharge (HID) shop lights with LED equivalents. This earned a cashback incentive payment of nearly $4,000. The business will also achieve electricity savings of approximately $10,000 per year and a return on investment in 3 years.3 The new lighting in the store is also far superior.
School - $3,500 cashback
A school replaced 551 fluoro lights with high efficiency LEDs to save around 16,000kWh of electricity each year. This resulted in a cashback incentive payment of $3,500. They will also save around $4,000 per year in electricity running costs and a return on investment in 2 years.4 The quality of lighting in classrooms was also improved.
1 Estimated electricity savings based on forecast reduction of 37,000kWh/year and 29kVa/month.
2 Estimated network peak demand reduction based on measurement and verification report.
3 Estimated electricity savings based on forecast reduction of 42,000/kWh at 2016/17Tariff 20 rates.
4 Estimated electricity savings based on savings of 80kWh per day during school terms on tariff 20L.