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LED Lighting in Commercial Retrofits

LED lighting retrofit commercial buildings

LED lighting retrofits are increasingly popular in warehouses and commercial facilities as part of energy retrofit projects.

LED lighting is increasingly popping up in warehouses and commercial facilities as part of energy retrofit projects, even though they are often thought to be too costly for commercial buildings.

Energy use remains a significant cost for buildings and facility managers, so lighting retrofits are a great way to manage and control energy costs.

“Energy efficiency retrofits can produce big savings for commercial building owners with little upfront costs.”

A great example would be Atlas Box, a Massachusetts-based manufacturing company. They recently embarked on a two-year retrofit project for installing lighting controls and LED lighting systems.

Read more about the project at GreenBiz.com.

Empire State Building Displays LED Lights

The new LED lighting system on the Empire State Building allows customized lighting of more than 16 million colors.

Help the Empire State Building shine brighter when you vote for the color of the LED lights. The historic building is letting voters choose the official standard colors for its new LED tower lights.

Designed by Philips Color Kinetics, the new LED lighting system allows customized lighting from a palette of more than 16 million colors. And that’s not including the many special effects and animations.

Each night the Empire State Building will shine each of its sides in a different shade of the same color until January 20th. Colors will include red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink – a total of 28 color choices.

The lights will be an amazing display of the power of LED, one of the most versatile and popular lighting technologies designed for energy efficiency.

Voting is open to everyone at the building’s official Facebook page. The final seven colors will be announced the week of January 21, 2013.

Source: Mashable

KCP&L Rates Increase 9.1 Percent in Missouri

State regulators on Wednesday approved a rate increase that will affect 600,000 customers in Missouri.

Great Plains Energy, the parent company to Kansas City Power & Light, was granted $64 million of the $106 million requested. The increases varied among the utility’s three service areas.

About half of the customers in the KCP&L territory will see a 9.1 percent increase, so the average residential customer will see a monthly increase averaging $8.90. Customers in the Great Plains territory will see a 5.2 percent increase; an average monthly increase of $5.70. The residential customers in the former St. Joseph Light & Power service area will see an average increase of 12.9 percent which equals to about $12.91 each month.

The rates will, in part, pay for an energy plan that includes the coal-fired Iatan 2 plant near Weston, and wind energy projects. The increases will go into effect later this month.

KCP&L’s prices are up about 50 percent since 2005 in Missouri and Kansas. The utility recently got approval for a 6.7 percent increase in Kansas.

Read more from the Kansas City Star.

LED Offers Powerful Light Sources

There are many varieties of LED lights so it is best to have a professional install your new lighting system.

You’ve heard of their benefits, but do you know enough about installing light emitting diodes (LED)?

Unlike fluorescent lamps, LED light fixtures contain powerful LED light sources that include plastic lenses to reduce glare. And some light sources are already becoming too bright to look at directly.

As LED technology continues to grow, fixture manufacturers still need to find better and more energy efficient solutions to reduce the glare.

In all commercial spaces, it is best to have to have a professional install new lighting systems to ensure accurate lighting levels, and proper wiring.

Source: Sustainable Industries

Happy 50th Birthday LED

In October 1962, scientist Dr. Nick Holonyak invented the first light emitting diode (LED). The light, unlike infrared lasers, is visible to the human eye, and has a higher efficiency compared to other lighting technologies.

Fifty years later and LED is fast becoming popular among businesses for its low energy and maintenance costs.

Holonyak, now a University of Illinois professor, said, “I know that I’m just at the front end but I know the result is so powerful… there’s no ambiguity about the fact that this has got a life way beyond what we’re seeing.”

Holonyak also took the time to film the short interview embedded below:

Source: Mother Nature Network

LEED Green Buildings Growing

LEED certification continues to grow into a global standard for energy efficient buildings.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system was designed 12 years ago to help architects, designers, and real estate firms “improve energy efficiency and increase the use of recycled materials and nontoxic paint into their projects.”

The LEED rating system has since grown into a global standard and powerful  accomplishment. Right now there are more than 14,000 LEED-certified commercial projects in 140 countries. Another 34,601 projects are in the pipeline in Northern California.

“The  green building sector will be a $280 billion global industry by the end of the decade,” said Aditya Ranade, a senior analyst with Lux Research in Boston.

But as LEED and efficient technology continues to grow, the Green Building Council is looking to update the rating system. The Council, a nonprofit of 14,000 member companies, proposed changes to the system in September, and will vote on the changes at the end of the year.

“The original idea behind LEED was to make buildings more energy efficient and reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment. But LEED-certified buildings, which are often filled with natural sunlight and access to fresh air, have proved to be popular with employees, improving concentration and boosting productivity.”

Having a greener building does not have to be a big project. Businesses can benefit from retrofitting their commercial building one focus at a time.

Source: Mercury News

MO, KS in Need of Energy Efficiency

Missouri and Kansas ranks among the states that needed the most improvements on energy efficiency according to the ACEEE.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy recently released their sixth annual state scorecard. The ACEEE measures states energy efficiency initiatives.

The top states include Massachusetts, California, and Oregon. The three most improved states are Oklahoma (thanks to newly enacted natural gas efficiency programs), Montana, and South Carolina.

States most in need of improvement include Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

“Energy efficiency improvements help businesses, governments, and consumers meet their needs by using less energy, saving them money, driving investment across all sectors of the economy, creating much-needed jobs, and reducing environmental impacts,” said Steven Nadel, Executive Director of ACEEE.

See how your state measures up by viewing the ACEEE scoreboard.

Ikea Goes LED by 2016

The Swedish-based furniture chain recently announced a new green initiative  Ikea is phasing out sales of all lighting that is not LED-based by 2016 “in an effort to help customers save energy, reduce electricity bills, and cut carbon emissions.”

Ikea is the first major home furnishing retailer with a U.S. presence to entirely banish less efficient lighting. The company has plans to replace more than a million store lights with LEDs.

Ikea’s other green initiatives include the phasing out of plastic bags in 2007 and incandescent bulbs in 2010.

Source: Environmental Leader

Google and Wind Energy

Google is looking to power their Oklahoma data center with renewable wind energy.

Google’s data center in Mayes County, Oklahoma will be running more efficiently soon.

The search engine giant announced last week that it would buy wind energy from the Grand River Dam Authority to purchase energy. This will be the first time Google has partnered with a utility to buy renewable energy.

The GRDA will provide 48 megawatts of wind power to the Google data center later this year. Google will pay more for the clean energy rather than power the data center by coal because of the company’s commitment to the environment.

“Google has hinted for some time that its ultimate goal would be to source clean energy from utilities to power its data centers. Google is working with other utilities to find ways to source renewables directly,” said Gary Demasi, Google’s global infrastructure director.

Environmental organizations have urged companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple to use more clean energy to power their data centers.

Source: Smart Planet

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