Green Energy Solutions Energy Performance Contract to save Dublin City Council €1m

We are very proud to have won a second Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with Dublin City Council (DCC). The energy contract involves the upgrade to the efficiency of 7 of its sports facilities and will see a saving of €1m over the term of the contract. As the Energy Service Company (ESCo) working with Codema, Dublin’s Energy Agency, we have calculated that the project will achieve energy savings of 35% and will offset carbon emissions by 321 tonnes each year.

Based on the simple business case of energy savings funding capital investment this model delivers energy and maintenance efficiencies, it offers a performance guarantee and sharing of savings achieved. It also allows building owners and operators to concentrate on running their businesses knowing that a performance-based contract is optimising their energy and maintenance expenditure.

At the contract signing NLGES Managing Director Daniel Ring commented:

“We applaud DCC and Dublin’s Energy Agency, Codema in their use of this disruptive Energy Performance Contract model. Being first to the market with this model required vision and commitment to deliver an improved energy upgrade and maintenance model which had to fit within public procurement guidelines.

We would encourage public and private sector alike to embrace this model. Its proven achievements through DCC’s first contract which is achieving 42% energy savings and is on target to save €1.5 million on energy and maintenance over the 8-year contract - that’s €2.5 million savings for 10 buildings!

The urgency to mitigate climate change and limit global warming requires that we act fast and with ambition. This model provides a recognised mechanism to allow us to act now with a model that will maximise environmental impact while simultaneously generating commercial savings.”

Owen Keegan Chief Executive Dublin City Council said

“I am delighted that the City Council is entering into an Energy Performance Contract, which will see the energy upgrade of seven of our sports facilities and contribute to achieving our energy and carbon reduction targets. I would like to thank Codema - Dublin's Energy Agency, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment for their support and technical assistance. I would also like to congratulate Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions on winning the contract.”

Joe Hayden, Senior Executive Engineer with Codema, added:

“The EPC model is very successful and is well-established in countries such as Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, so it is great to see it getting a foothold in Ireland.  EPC not only provides the Council with the security of guaranteed energy savings; it also saves on the cost of maintaining these upgrades over the lifetime of the contract.”

The energy upgrades will be completed by the end of 2019 and will include:

  • Building Management System (BMS) optimisation

  • New LED lighting

  • New combined heat and power systems to efficiently heat the swimming pool in Ballyfermot

  • Improved building control systems for effective management of all equipment

  • Renewable energy measures through the installation of solar photovoltaic panels

NLGES will work with Codema to carry out regular Measurement and Verification (M&V) of savings in each of the buildings - Ballyfermot Sports & Fitness Centre, St Catherine’s Community Sports Centre, Ballybough Youth & Community Centre, Cabra Parkside, Poppintree Community Sports Centre, Irishtown Sports & Fitness Centre and Bluebell Recreation Centre.

Learn more about our EPCs with Dublin City Council and other clients here and contact our Energy Advisory Team today on 056 772 1115 or

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Owen Keegan Chief Executive Dublin City Council and Daniel Ring Managing Director Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions signing the Energy Performance Contract. Photo credit: Fennell Photography

Owen Keegan Chief Executive Dublin City Council and Daniel Ring Managing Director Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions signing the Energy Performance Contract. Photo credit: Fennell Photography