Electrical group hopes councils see light in savings

A Paisley-based electrical contractor is targeted deals with other local authorities across Scotland after helping Renfrewshire Council slash its lighting costs.

Power One founder and chairman Mark Ward. Picture: Stewart Attwood
Power One founder and chairman Mark Ward. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Power One, founded in 2004, said the LED street lighting replacement scheme had saved about £1.5 million for Renfrewshire, and has now set its sights on the country’s 31 other councils.

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Operations director John Brown said: “It’s really put Power One on the map when it comes to this kind of project and we’re now engaged in discussions with a number of local authorities across Scotland.”

John Ward, founder and chairman of Power One, said the company – which generated record revenues of £7.8m last year, up from £4m in 2015 – was also examining how street lights can harness the power of the “internet of things” (IoT) to boost wireless connectivity.

He added: “We are working closely with a number of local authorities on research and development around the marriage between LEDs and the IoT and how this translates to the development of smart cities in Scotland.”