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Wilbar Components produce hydraulic couplings for the agricultural and mobile machine industry. They also manufacture specialized components for the gas and petrochemical distribution industry, and offer high quality sub-contract machining to all industries. They are an approved supplier to Europe’s largest manufacturer of earthmoving equipment and work with many blue-chip names.

The company, which is located on the Hawks Green Industrial Estate, Cannock, currently has 24 employees and has been located at the site for 30 years.

LCBEP Implementation

Wilbar Components were referred to LCBEP through consultants Energy Survey and the LCBEP team contacted Gareth Williams, Managing Director, to discuss their opportunities.

Specialist low carbon consultant Environmental Solutions through Partnership (ESP) visited Wilbar Components to undertake a free LCBEP energy review that looked at all aspects of the business; energy management, lighting, heating, ventilation and cooling, water systems, waste, insulation, glazing, vehicle and transportation.

LCBEP Recommendation – LED Lighting

Wilbar Components were already committed to environmental savings, having undertaken a number of measures in the past, including the installation of an energy smart meter. However, they were keen to make further improvements to the lightings.

Their existing system consisted of 68 fluorescent light fittings with no lighting control, a combination of high output metal halide suspended from the ceiling in the factory building and predominantly T12 linear fluorescent battens, with some T8 and a small number of T5 fittings.

The LCBEP review recommended Wilbar Components install LED lighting and controls in their factory and building which would potentially save them 9.5 tonnes CO2 and nearly £2,350 per year.

LCBEP Grant

Wilbar Components successfully applied for a grant for this work, which totalled £15,250, and received their 60% grant of £9,150 in May 2017.

Taking into account Wilbar Components’ contribution of £6,100 and their estimated annual savings of £2,349, their project payback period is calculated as 2.6 years!