On Reflection Mirrors is the leading specialist antique mirror dealers in the UK. The company is run from a Barn in the village of Charlton Horethorne in Somerset.
The company’s electricity bills were rising significantly in order to effectively light and heat the showroom, restoration workshop and offices. Electricity costs were approx. £ 2,500 per annum and rising. The work areas had a mix of 5ft and 6ft T8/T12 and traditional fluorescent lighting, track lighting and additional lamps plugged into sockets to provide a good enough lighting level. Heating was a mix of electric and infrared heating panels. All of these panels were at least five years old and not very efficient.
Bright Spark were asked to design a solution that not only reduced the energy consumption of the buildings but also to improve lighting quality. We were also asked to provide a Solar PV system to reduce the reliance on grid bought electricity.
Solar PV System
The showroom was in the curtilage of a grade 2 listed building so Bright Spark worked with the customer and the local Planners to develop a scheme that met local planning requirements. It was important to minimise the impact of the Solar panels on the aesthetics of the building so through dialogue and a number of different iterations all parties agreed on a solution.
We proposed a 6.84KWp Solar PV System with all black JA Solar 285w panels and 2 Solis Inverters. Our installers also ensured that all of the mid clamps, end clamps and the end of the mounting rails were sprayed black to fit in with the surroundings.
Using the standard MCS yield calculator we calculated the following yields for the installation.
This had the following pay back based on the low electricity cost of 10.45p.
Overall it is estimated that the customer will save approx. £ 23,000 over the 20 years of the FITs period based on an RPI of 2.5% per annum and an EPI of 5% per annum.
The existing lighting in the building was of a poor quality and inefficient. During the Solar PV installation our team also swapped over the lighting. The mirror showroom was a real challenge to light effectively. In order to replace the track lighting and old fluorescent battens we redesigned the lighting scheme to maximise the effect of the stock below. We chose a 4000k “Neutral White” color with an opal diffuser to soften the spread of light.
The benefits of the LED lighting upgrade have included:
· 72% reduction in energy usage
· Better quality lighting improving the showroom and working
· Reduction in heat during the summer months
· Significantly reduced maintenance costs with a long term 10-year
Overall the LED installation cost £ 657.38 plus VAT with a payback period of 2.4 years.
The customer has recently contacted us to further investigate the opportunity of Battery Storage linked to the Solar PV system and new high efficiency heating panels for the showroom and working areas.
Customer Contact Details:
Mrs Alison Roelich
On Reflection Mirrors, Bull Inn Farmhouse, Horse Lane, Charlton Horethorne, Somerset, DT9 4NL
01963 220723 / 07971 889093