Chepstow-based, enModus, a smart building technology company, has successfully implemented a project with Virgin Media to radically reduce energy consumption at one of the telecom giant’s UK technical facilities.

The undisclosed site supports more than 250,000 homes.

The project has seen a proportion of the existing fluorescent lighting switched to the enModus Smart Connected Lighting solution.

Using real-time measurement, Virgin Media has seen a total energy saving of 99 per cent against the replaced light fittings. The energy reductions have been achieved by intelligently controlling the lighting levels.

In addition, less heat released from the lighting means the cooling systems can be run more efficiently to keep the required temperature at the site. Carbon emissions have dropped by 2,445kg per year, meaning both substantial cost savings and a significant improvement in the environmental impact of the facility.

As well as Virgin Media, enModus is working with major UK customers including retail supply-chain business Catalyst and Volvo-owned Scottish manufacturer Terex Trucks.

Andy Heaton, CEO and co-founder of enModus, said: “It’s a coup for a start-up to be chosen as a partner of a leading UK business like Virgin Media on such an important project. Energy efficiency improvements are at the top of the agenda for companies as they strive to not only reduce costs but improve their environmental impact and meet increasingly strict regulations on building efficiencies."