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Diving into energy savings with one of Ireland's largest leisure centres

Working in partnership with Coral Leisure

As one of the largest leisure services provider in Ireland, Coral Leisure manages nine Council-owned sports and recreational centres, ensuring the safe and efficient operation of its facilities, as well as the health and wellbeing of its members and staff. Coral needed a partner that could deliver significant cost and energy saving solutions at scale, while managing the application and administration of grant funding, as well as the health and safety requirements of multiple projects with multiple vendors.

Coral’s brief to ESB's Smart Energy Services was straightforward, if not simple: find ways to reduce annual energy consumption. This meant cutting usage from 1,200 kWh/m2 to 900 kWh/m2

The Challenge

Due to a cut off date for SEAI’s Better Energy Communities grant. ESB Smart Energy Services had only 90 days to implement 11 diverse projects at four locations. The tight schedule meant incredible feats of collaboration and coordination were required to deliver the project on time, and in accordance with strict health and safety specifications.


"ESB delivered a range of energy efficient solutions in Coral leisure centres across Ireland, contributing to a 25% reduction in our energy bills"
- Siobhan Tighe, Managing Director, Coral Leisure


The Solution

  • Energy-efficient LED lighting retrofits across all facilities.
  • 50 kilowatt Combined Heat and Power-generating unit was installed in Cobh delivering the most significant results.

The Technology

  • LED technology offers the most energy efficient lighting option available. CHPs can offer cost savings in the tens of thousands.

The Results

  • 15-25% reduction in energy costs
  • 4,000 tonnes per annum carbon reduction
  • Increased staff morale


ESB’s Smart Energy Services has already delivered projects for more than 300 large businesses across Ireland and the UK. Our customers includes Medite Smartply, the Dublin Airport Authority, ABP and Ardagh Glass amongst many others. We have a launched a €75m fund to help large energy users decarbonise while making energy cost savings.

We work in partnership with large energy users to deliver sustainable solutions that dramatically reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. 

Find out how your organisation can benefit from: 

• Unparalleled expertise in the energy sector 

• An international network of technology partners 

• Advanced energy monitoring and analytics 

• Project financing with no up-front investment required

• Innovative energy saving technologies

Our €75 million Smart Energy Services Fund is available to help large energy users. Talk to us today.