LED Lighting Retrofits Significant to Conservation Efforts

Posted on August 17, 2016 by

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), LED lighting retrofits have the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States.

By 2027, LED lighting retrofits could save the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each) and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices, according to DOE.

A prime example of these type of savings is being demonstrated by Constellation, a leading supplier of power, natural gas and energy products. The company has a wide-ranging portfolio of energy-saving products – none more effective than LED lighting.

The company this summer announced one major project startup and another completion, both in Pennsylvania. Both projects feature LED lighting fixture conversions.

In June, the company announced it would implement $10 million in energy efficiency upgrades at the 13-acre Philadelphia campus of Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. Jefferson expects to see a complete return on investment in less than five years.

“For more than a decade, Constellation has worked with Jefferson to help meet its environmental goals and reduce energy costs though more efficient systems,” said Larry Godleski, executive director, distributed energy and efficiency for Constellation. “This project combined with previous conservation measures is expected to save the system more than $4 million in energy and operating costs each year.”

 The project includes energy efficient LED lighting, occupancy sensors, installation of a steam micro-turbine generator, chilled water plant upgrades, HVAC occupancy controls and steam system replacements. Work is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.

Also in June, the company announced the completion of a project in West Chester, Pennsylvania that involved the installation of $5.9 million in energy and water conservation measures expected to provide $6.7 million in energy and water cost savings over a 15-year period. The conservation measures will help Chester County save an estimated 2.2 million kilowatt-hours in electricity and more than 18 million gallons of water every year.

“Through our strategic plan focus on the environment we have already taken great strides to reduce energy usage within county-owned buildings,” said Terence Farrell, chair of the Chester County Commission. “This project reflects our continued commitment to implement water and energy saving measures for the good of the environment, but that also have the benefit of bringing a monetary return to the county.”

The firm installed energy and water conservation and facility improvements at various buildings, including the county administration building, the historic courthouse and government services center and the Henrietta Hankin Library.

Conservation measures include smart electric meters, energy efficient LED lighting fixtures, steam efficiency improvements, kitchen hood controls, insulation blankets, low flow toilets, sinks and showers, cooling tower meters, HVAC equipment replacements, ozone laundry systems and building automation system upgrades.

“Energy performance contracting is a valuable resource for public entities to leverage their existing operational budget for needed capital improvements,” said Gary Fromer, senior vice president, distributed energy for Constellation.

The conservation measures are designed and expected to avoid the creation of more than 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide during the term and have the same benefit to the environment as removing 319 passenger vehicles from the road annually, according to U.S. EPA data for the region.

Last year, Constellation was awarded a contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to implement $45 million in savings in energy and water conservation measures at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Florida.

The conservation measures include: high-efficiency LED lighting retrofits, building automation controls, chiller plant optimization, cooling tower upgrades, hot water heating system upgrades, high efficiency transformers, low-flow toilets and faucets, refrigeration upgrades and a 2 MW solar array. Work is scheduled for completion in 2017. FCC Coleman is comprised of five facilities and includes more than 2.4 million square feet of building area, housing more than 7,400 inmates.

The conservation measures are guaranteed to provide approximately $79 million in cost savings to the bureau over 19 years. The bureau will use the resulting savings to fund the efficiency upgrades.

According to John Dukes, executive director of federal and public sector sales for the company, the efficiency measures implemented at FCC Coleman are expected to result in total energy reduction of 35 percent and water reduction of 50 percent. The upgrades are designed to enable FCC Coleman to conserve an estimated 18 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 194 million gallons of water annually.

“Working as a team with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and FCC Coleman personnel, we developed an energy project that is expected to deliver an exceptional volume of renewable energy generation and replace antiquated, inefficient infrastructure and equipment with new energy efficient infrastructure and equipment,” said Dukes.

 

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