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In Partnership with: BWG

Illuminating Energy Saving Technologies in the Retail Sector

In Partnership with: BWG

Illuminating Energy Saving Technologies in the Retail Sector



As one of Ireland’s leading grocery wholesale and retail operators, with some of the category’s most recognisable brands, BWG needed an energy partner with the expertise and financing capabilities to deliver bespoke energy efficient lighting solutions at scale.






"We needed a lighting retrofit solution that would ensure our franchisees received value for money and cost savings, without compromising experience of their customers or employees."

Aidan Keane

Financial Director, BWG


The Challenge

With a broad geographical spread and variance in store sizes, layouts and ages, BWG needed site specific solutions, with a single solution price tag. The success of the project depended upon finding one solution that could be adapted to multiple stores, while guaranteeing significant energy cost savings.



The Results

  • Up to 90% reduction in lighting energy used per store
  • Energy consumption reduced by 2.8GWh per year
  • Reduced carbon emissions by 1,400 tonnes 
  • Improved light levels


The Solutions

After an initial pilot project, the partnership coordinated a 30-store lighting retrofit with project financing. Traditional systems were swapped out for long-lasting LED lighting, which requires less maintenance and uses up to 70% less energy than traditional incandescents.

With no need for up-front capital investment, the solution proved popular with BWG franchisees, with hundreds of stores taking advantage of the programme since its inception.



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The Competitive Advantages

  • Enhanced customer experience translates into increased spend per visit
  • Positive cash flow generated for the business
  • Reduced operating and maintenance costs
  • No upfront capital investment required


Dramatically Reduce your Energy Costs

ESB Energy works in partnership with large energy users to deliver sustainable solutions that dramatically reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.


  • Unparalleled expertise in the energy sector
  • An international network of technology partners
  • Advanced energy monitoring and analytics
  • Project financing with no upfront investment required


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