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St. Monica’s Primary – brighter lighting



St. Monica’s is a voluntary-aided Church in Wales primary school in the Heath area of Cardiff. It serves families mainly from the local area who wish their children to attend a school with an Anglican ethos. It is a mixed school with over 110 pupils between the ages of 4 and 11.




The light levels in the classrooms at St. Monica's was very poor quality. Many existing light fittings were over 30 years old and had inefficient fluorescent technology.

The emergency lighting was also below required standards and needed to be upgraded.

St. Monica's had no budget for wholesale lighting replacement and their maintenance and energy costs were rising.

Brighter lighting

St. Monica’s turned to Ineco Energy for help with their lighting situation, as a result of our reputation for helping schools to become greener. We have significant experience working with schools of all sizes to upgrade lighting at no cost to the school, thanks to a number of approved funding and financing models. Not only does this enable schools to save energy and reduce their bills, it also provides a brighter learning environment for pupils.

Site survey and design

We undertook a detailed lighting audit to give us a shared understanding of issues and requirements. This enabled the most energy efficient lighting solution to be designed, which also significantly enhanced the light quality throughout. We upgraded the aging emergency lighting as it made sense to do it at the same time.

No upfront cost

St Monica’s Primary School had no upfront cost. Ineco Energy’s unique approach to survey and design means energy savings are maximised throughout; consequently the business case satisfied all Government finance criteria. Project costs are repaid using energy savings, so the ongoing financing is no burden to the school. Maintenance savings were not included within the business case and therefore St. Monica’s will realise more savings from day one as the cost of light bulbs and replacement can be reallocated.

Enhancing the environment

The new lighting at St. Monica’s has improved safety, delivered an enhanced learning environment for pupils and staff with brighter lighting, improved their environmental credentials, and reduced energy and maintenance bills.


Energy Savings


Tonnes Carbon Savings


Financial Savings


"Light levels are so good that we don’t need additional lighting and our visitors can see all the activity within the workshop. Our safety risk is also improved because we won’t have to get up and replace the bulbs every year”.

Director, Brecon Mountain Railway