Energy-Efficient Lighting Saves Sangre de Cristo $456 Per Month on Utility Bill

Sangre de Cristo Hospice is saving $456 per month on its utility bill after switching over to energy-efficient lighting technologies throughout four of its facilities in Canon City and Pueblo, Colorado. The new energy-efficient lighting was installed by SmartWatt Energy via the Black Hills Energy Small & Medium Business Direct Install Program, resulting in an incentive of $7,597.

energy-efficient-lighting-saves-sangre-de-cristoPUEBLO, CO – Sangre de Cristo Hospice is saving $456 per month on its utility bill after switching over to energy-efficient lighting technologies throughout four of its facilities in Canon City and Pueblo, Colorado. The new energy-efficient lighting was installed by SmartWatt Energy via the Black Hills Energy Small & Medium Business Direct Install Program, resulting in an incentive of $7,597.

After conducting an energy evaluation of all lighting systems throughout Sangre de Cristo’s facilities,SmartWatt engineered a solution to replace the existing lighting systems with energy-efficient fluorescent and LED lighting fixtures. In addition to substantial energy savings, the new lighting fixtures will provide a better quantity and quality of light, enhancing comfort for staff and residents.

The Black Hills Energy Small & Medium Business Direct Install Program provides an incentive of up to 60 percent to help businesses with an average demand use of 350 kW or less per month conduct energy-efficiency upgrades. SmartWatt, the contractor administering the program, provides a free energy evaluation, recommended energy-efficiency upgrades and interest-free financing for the businesses’ remaining portion of the costs.


About Smartwatt Energy, Inc.
SmartWatt Energy is a unique energy-efficiency firm. It provides turnkey solutions for utilities, commercial, industrial and institutional clients and also develops proprietary software that streamlines internal workflow processes and provides comprehensive program reporting. SmartWatt’s three divisions use cutting-edge technologies, design and processes to take on and solve their client’s toughest sustainability challenges:

•The Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Division works with end-use clients throughout the United States to design and install multi-measure energy-efficiency projects. Clients look to SmartWatt to provide large-scale savings through turnkey energy auditing, engineering, project management and installation services.
•The Utility Division contracts directly with utilities to manage their commercial energy efficiency programs. SmartWatt’s vertically integrated program delivery platform ensures utility program success and client satisfaction, because all elements of the utility program are handled by a talented, integrated, cross-functional team.
•The Software Development Division creates customized, proprietary software applications to increase efficiencies and provide added value to utilities and national accounts clients.

SmartWatt has won an Inc. magazine “Hire Power” award and has been named the “5th Fastest Growing Private Engineering Company in the United States” on the magazine’s annual 5000 list. For more information, visit http://www.smartwattinc.com.

About Black Hills Energy Colorado Electric
Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Company, LP d/b/a Black Hills Energy serves 94,000 electric customers in 21 southeastern Colorado communities. Black Hills Energy is a subsidiary of Black Hills Corp., a diversified energy company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Black Hills Corp. is based in Rapid City, S.D., with corporate offices in Denver and Papillion, Neb. Black Hills Corp. serves 769,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, and its non-regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity and produce natural gas, oil and coal. Black Hills’ 1,925 employees partner to produce results that are improving life with energy. More information is available at http://www.blackhillsenergy.com.

GE and Walmart Team Up for LED Lighting Transform on a Global Scale

Walmart announced plans today to purchase energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures for new supercenters in the United States, stores in Asia and Latin America, and Asda locations in the United Kingdom. The new fixtures will use 40 percent less energy than lighting sources historically used in stores, and will help further the retailer’s goal to reduce the kilowatt hour (kWh) per square foot of energy required to power Walmart’s buildings globally 20 percent by 2020. This is Walmart’s largest purchase of GE LED lighting to date, and the most recent example of leadership from Walmart and GE to find and scale innovative, energy-efficient lighting solutions.

“We have worked to find and scale energy-efficient LED lighting solutions that are cost effective and high quality, and now working with GE, we’re paving the way to make this a mainstream solution for the retail industry,” said Doug McMillon, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “LEDs have become an integral part of our energy efficiency model for our stores and play a key role in achieving our overall sustainability goals. Just as important, the energy cost savings coming from these innovations will help us maintain the low prices our customers depend on us to provide.”

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With 200 new Walmart stores adopting the new GE LED ceiling lighting over the next two years, this amounts to a total energy savings of 620 million kWh over the next 10 years. (photo courtesy of GE)

With the main sales floor lighting representing approximately 90 percent of the total lighting usage in each building, this implementation will reduce energy use per store by more than 5 percent in the U.S. alone. The lights have a longer life span than traditional lighting fixtures and also offer significant savings in maintenance costs.

Installation of the new GE LED ceiling lighting will kick off this month at Asda, Walmart’s business in the U.K. In 2014 alone, Walmart and GE project overall new stores and lighting energy savings compared to prior lighting fixtures to total as follows:

• Brazil: 30 store remodels; 41 percent energy savings

• Central America: 10 new stores; 54 – 59 percent energy savings

• China: 24 new stores, 16 store remodels; 42 percent energy savings

• Mexico: 37 new stores; 45 percent energy savings

• U.K.: 10 new stores; 45 – 51 percent energy savings

• U.S.: 30 new stores; 15 percent energy savings

“We’ve had a long and successful relationship with Walmart, increasing our environmental efforts together,” said Jeff Immelt, GE Chairman and CEO. “A leader in seeking energy efficiency in the retail industry, Walmart’s energy-conscious focus allows the company to attain a substantial cost savings in electricity. We value our longstanding relationship with Walmart and are proud to work with them in reducing their environmental impact.”

Walmart and GE have a rich history of collaborating to develop lighting products to meet Walmart’s needs. Walmart pioneered the use of LED systems in the retail setting and was an early adopter of LED signage in 2003. In 2005, Walmart worked with GE to install what is believed to be the first major rollout of an LED freezer case. Additionally, Walmart’s store parking lots in the U.S. and abroad were among the first in the industry to switch to LED lighting fixtures.

The new Lumination IS Series Suspended LED Luminaires will use 40 percent less energy than lighting sources historically used in stores. (photo courtesy of GE)
The new Lumination IS Series Suspended LED Luminaires will use 40 percent less energy than lighting sources historically used in stores. (photo courtesy of GE)

The move to LED ceiling lighting in the U.S. is expected to produce an energy savings of 340,000 kilowatt hours per store – equating to more than $34,000 in savings per year in each store (figured at 10.13 cents per kWh1). With 200 new Walmart stores adopting the new GE LED ceiling lighting over the next two years, this amounts to a total energy savings of 620 million kWh over the next 10 years — savings Walmart expects to pass on to its customers through its everyday low prices.

This expected total energy savings over the next ten years is equal to eliminating 327,360 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions — or the annual greenhouse gas emissions from more than 68,000 passenger vehicles or the energy use of nearly 30,000 American homes for one year.2

The decision to install GE LED lighting results from a pilot program at Walmart’s first all-LED supercenter in South Euclid, Ohio, that was launched in October 2013. This pilot allowed the company to gauge the quality and efficiency of the GE lights and determine the return on investment with LEDs. Featured in the stores will be a variety of GE lighting technologies, with the Lumination™ IS Series Luminaires being prominently used in the ceiling application. These fixtures are also part of GE ecomagination, the company’s commitment to technology solutions that save money and reduce environmental impact.

This increase in LED lighting installations in Walmart stores throughout the world supports the company’s broader energy efficiency goals. As another example, Walmart has undergone a program to replace current T5 fluorescent lights with LEDs throughout its distribution center network. This effort, combined with the installation of more efficient liquid circulation pumps for some refrigeration systems, led to a decrease of more than 30 million kWh and a savings of more than $2 million. The full retrofit of LEDs in the distribution center network is expected to be complete in 2016.

Collier County Continues Installation of Apollo Metro Solutions’ Smart LED Street Lights

collier-county-street-lightsNAPLES, Fla. — Florida based Apollo Metro Solutions and Collier County moves forward with the installation of Apollo Metro Solutions (LED) Street Light Luminaire with integrated Wireless Controller. The decision follows the successful completion of a preliminary trial on Rattlesnake Hammock Road that started two years ago.

“This is another important step for Apollo Metro Solutions and we are delighted to expand our installation base in our backyard of Naples Florida,” said Ulrich Altvater, Apollo Metro Solutions CEO. “We are excited to see Collier County embrace the intelligent control features our luminaire offers”

Collier has seen Apollo’s basic LED street light technology consumes 63% percent less energy than traditional 400W lamps. Additional savings are seen when applying Apollo’s wireless remote monitoring and control of LED Luminaires. The integrated controller fits inside the Apollo fixture and provides a visual indication of all Apollo street lights. Energy usage and lighting data are then continually reported to a central management system that is accessed by users through a secure intranet web-like experience. Supplied with detailed analytics of its LED street lighting system, Collier County will in turn implement smarter energy saving strategies through more precise “on/off” and dimming schedules, particularly during late night operation and in low traffic areas.


About Apollo Metro Solutions, Inc.

Apollo Metro is an innovative USA-based company designing and manufacturing highly advanced, eco-friendly, and cost-saving light emitting diode (LED) lighting systems and intelligent control systems to municipalities and commercial businesses around the world. Apollo Metro sets itself apart by incorporating intelligent technologies into their design. Apollo Intelligent LED product line includes LED Luminaires with built-in Camera, Sensors, Wireless Control and Wireless Smart Grid options.

Apollo Metro is dedicated to delivering exceptional quality, cutting edge product line and excellent customer service. Its team is comprised of respected and recognized entrepreneurs, innovators and professionals who are passionate about technology and energy savings.

Contact:
Michael Shoaff – Apollo Metro Solutions
+1-239-444-6934
E-mail:
sales@apollometro.com
Web site:
www.ApolloMetro.com

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