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Working in Partnership with CHQ

ESB operates its off-site start-up incubator within CHQ building resident and collaborative technology hub, Dogpatch Labs. When the CHQ began looking for solutions to its outdated and unreliable lighting system, the ESB Innovation team were on hand to recommend Smart Energy Services.


The Challenge

Home to retail and event spaces, restaurants, a museum and Dogpatch Labs, CHQ is an iconic building in the heart of the docklands. As a 200 year-old resident of Dublin and one of the city’s finest examples of 19th Century industrial architecture, extreme care needed to be taken to preserve the integrity of the structure and its aesthetics.

"As CHQ is over 200 years old and last refurbished in 2008, the building was in need of an energy efficient, more reliable lighting system that would also provide a nice atmosphere for our tenants and customers. ESB has helped us to achieve exactly what we needed”
- Monika Wotjek, Operations Director, CHQ


The Solution

  • 2,000 light fittings were replaced with LED under Smart Energy Services’ financing scheme, meaning no upfront investment from CHQ was required.

The Technology

  • LED technology offers the most energy efficient lighting option available. A considerably longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs, has made LEDs a popular solution.

The Results

  • Lighting load reduced by 60%
  • Reduced overall energy costs
  • Greater reliability
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs
  • Improved aesthetics


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.