The art of energy saving
Published: 17 February 2017 - 12:00 - Amy Wallington
One of the UK’s leading energy storage and voltage optimisation brands, Powerstar, is likely to save mac Birmingham up to nine per cent on its annual electricity consumption.
The successful installation of a Powerstar voltage optimisation solution is part of ‘Sustainable mac’, a strategy which aims to reduce the venue’s environmental impact. Previous environmentally friendly measures undertaken by the venue include the installation of a 9.9 kilowatt solar PV system and installing low energy hand dryers.
Powerstar voltage optimisation was specified as an energy saving solution that would assist the organisation in lowering carbon emissions and further increasing sustainability.
Opened in 1962, and with one million visits a year, mac Birmingham is a lively arts centre, set in the magnificent surroundings of Cannon Hill Park providing arts for every age and background. Facilities at mac include four performance spaces, a cinema, rehearsal and media studios, visual art galleries, cafe and bar.
As power is supplied from the National Grid at a higher voltage than is required by most commercial properties, voltage optimisation brings it in line with the needs of a site, resulting in an optimised electricity supply.
By providing a significant reduction in electricity consumption for mac, it is estimated installation of the Powerstar voltage optimisation system will deliver return on investment in only two and a half years.
Stuart Clegg, commercial director for Powerstar, said: “mac Birmingham is not only a prestigious venue within the region, but recognised nationally. For our system to be chosen as part of the venue’s sustainability strategy is a measure of the system’s credibility.
“With the venue being used seven days a week, the challenge was to arrange the energy survey and installations without impacting on the site’s operations or the customer experience. Due to our expertise within the sector, the project was completed without any disruption to either.
“The venue is the latest in our portfolio of energy saving voltage optimisation installations in the arts industry. Recent projects in the Palace Theatre, Telford and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester have produced energy consumption savings on 9.3 per cent and 10.6 per cent respectively.
“Alongside providing energy savings to the arts industry, we are also successfully reducing electricity consumption for many leisure businesses and organisations including hotels, gyms, restaurants, holiday parks and golf clubs.”
Image caption: Stuart Clegg, commercial director for Powerstar