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Our latest set of case studies showcasing the energy consumption and cost saving benefits available to a diverse range of facilities through Powerstar solutions begins with this first in a series of case studies following installs at a range of Tees Active Ltd sites in Teesside.

Tees Active Ltd is a charitable social enterprise established in 2004. It operates and maintains a plethora of leisure facilities across Teesside and actively seeks ways to reduce energy consumption and generate cost savings across its portfolio.

As it aims to provide high quality leisure services across the entire community, it sought investment opportunities which had short payback periods allowing for more money to be invested into its facilities and member experience.

Due to this, Powerstar worked closely with the Tees Active team to identify the sites which would provide the maximum savings within the shortest payback period. One of the sites identified was the Billingham Forum, a venue at the heart of its community.

Billingham Forum is a large leisure complex in Billingham constructed in 1967, which operates 7 days a week and offers a wide range of on-site activities. Because of this, Billingham Forum requires an extensive variety of electrical equipment in order to operate effectively.

It was because of these characteristics that our team identified Billingham Forum as a potential candidate for voltage optimisation technology, and a series of thorough site surveys and an evaluation of the voltage profile confirmed that the facility suffered from a substantial amount of overvoltage for the majority of electrical equipment being utilised at the premises.

The range of the activities and facilities offered by the Forum is extensive and diverse. They range from a 547-seat theatre, which includes two bars, to a recently refurbished, fully equipped ice arena, as well as a number of specialist and family pools and even an Activ8 gym with an extensive array of cardio and strength training equipment, including multiple studios which are used for fitness classes and activities such as badminton.

This state of the art leisure facility was given an £18.5 million re-development in 2009, so it was of extreme importance that the energy saving solution we provided be cost-effective and implemented seamlessly to provide as little disruption as possible to the daily operations of the centre. We found the incoming voltage to be stable but higher than required for the range of electrical equipment on-site, meaning fixed low voltage optimisation was the ideal solution to provide Billingham Forum with the desired reductions in consumption and costs.

We therefore recommended the installation of a 750kVA Powerstar LITE system with a fixed 15V reduction on the supply and provided a full concept to completion service with a fully supported turnkey solution which is currently delivering significant savings to the facility’s energy consumption and electricity costs, exceeding the site’s guaranteed minimum saving.

Commenting on the solution we provided for Billingham Forum, Dennis Smith, Project Manager for Tees Active Ltd, said: “We found working with Powerstar to be very easy as they did everything they could to accommodate our requirements not only in which unit was best suited to deliver the greatest efficiency, but also in ensuring minimum disruption.

“Work was carried out overnight which meant there was no disruption to our operational hours and our customers. This is one of the simplest ways to achieve instant cost-effective energy savings and would highly recommend Powerstar.”


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