Eco Innovator March 2012

Government Grants

Energy-Saving Light Controllers

The Victorian Government has awarded a $250,000 grant to a company to develop new technology that could help businesses reduce the amount of electricity they use on lighting by as much as 80 per cent.

The funding to Daintree Networks for their ControlScope lighting control system is under the Victorian Government's Energy Technology Innovation Strategy (ETIS).

Minister for Energy and Resources Michael O'Brien said the introduction of lighting control systems into commercial buildings has the potential to deliver significant reductions in electricity consumption and reduce business energy bills.

"The technology will include systems that improve the quality of information collected through the lighting control system. This will deliver more detailed information about how energy is being saved to facility managers, utilities and regulators," said Mr O'Brien.

"This includes a classification system that could lead to better methods to benchmark energy consumption by building types, geographies and industry sectors."

Daintree Networks has lighting control systems with the potential to save as much as 70 per cent on a commercial building. It wants to increase the energy savings by up to another 10 per cent by providing energy efficiency enhancements to existing lighting control techniques.

The Government provided an additional $41 million in funding for future rounds of the ETIS program as part of the 2010-11 Victorian Budget.





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