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Largest LED Parking Garage Retrofit at MGM Grand Detroit

The MGM Grand in Detroit has another achievement to add to its sustainability. The building recently completed a LED retrofit of its 61-acre parking garage.
The retrofit is said to be one of the nation’s largest LED parking garage projects, and includes more than 3,000 LED lamps. It took about three months to complete, and will reduce the garage’s annual energy use by 80 percent.
“Implementation of new lighting technologies is an important component of our overall strategy,” said Cindy Ortega, the Chief Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts International. “After extensive research and testing in the local environment, LED proved to be the best option for reducing energy and costs.”
LED technology can produce an energy savings of 50 to 80 percent, especially in garages where lamps are typically on most hours of the day. Compared to traditional lighting, LEDs have much longer operating lives, resulting in less maintenance costs.
Earlier this year, the company initiated other sustainability initiatives including installing induction lighting to open parking lots, and installing solar panels on a convention center.
Source: Travel Daily News

Office Depot’s $8 Million Lighting Retrofit

Office Depot is reducing their energy use by making numerous energy efficiency investments, including a lighting retrofit project.

The company is de-lamping one out of every three bulbs in tens of thousands of fixtures across more than 1,000 stores, and adding reflectors to the remaining two bulbs to maintain light output. The $8 million project garnered an 84 percent internal rate of return.

Other measures implemented by Office Depot include adding motion detectors in warehouses, upgrading heating and ventilation, and centrally controlling energy with an energy management system.

These efforts certainly paid off, with the company reducing their electricity use from 625,000 MWh in 2007 to 433,000 MWh in 2011 – a 31 percent drop. With the reduction in electricity costs, Office Depot will save about $10 million across all their stores in the U.S.

Source: Energy Manager Today

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Feature Client: the Neenan Company

Each month, Worldwide Energy features a client that we have worked with to showcase not only our portfolio, but also our client’s business.


The Neenan Company is a Kansas City wholesale plumbing supply store. They are a family-owned business with nine branch offices located in Missouri and Kansas. In the last couple of years, the company has updated their lighting systems for their buildings.

Neenan has completed several lighting projects with Worldwide Energy. One lighting project was at their Blue Valley facility. The exterior of the building had inefficient lighting, and was not well lit. The exterior flood and mercury vapor fixtures were replaced with state of the art energy-efficient bulbs and ballasts.

Read more about this project in the case study.

Lighting Upgrade Savings:

  • 29,823 annual kWh saved
  • $2,982 annual utility savings
  • $16,000 in rebates & tax incentives

 

Lighting Retrofit Improves Hospitals’ Bottom Line

On average, lighting costs are 16 percent of hospitals total energy consumption, composing more than 40 percent of a hospitals electricity usage.

Large energy users, including hospitals, are seeing the benefits of lighting retrofits in their bottom lines. On average, lighting costs are 16 percent of hospitals’ total energy consumption; composing more than 40 percent of a hospital’s electricity usage.

“Two cost-saving techniques that hospital executives utilize are LED lights and harvesting natural light. In addition, linear fluorescent lighting is growing in demand in hospital energy improvement.”

Lighting retrofit projects can reduce a significant amount of kilowatts that are used, and the savings are significant especially in large energy users. Most lighting retrofit projects can be accomplished quickly depending on the size of the building, but you can also expect a quick payback.

“Small, energy efficient improvements can go a long way such as advancing lighting fixtures so that less wattage achieves the same brightness. Considering the thousands of fixtures that a hospital consists of, little efforts such as these can carry forth immense cost-saving benefits.”

See how much your business can save with a complimentary facility review.

Source: Health Care Finance News

Feature Client: The Sygma Network

Each month, Worldwide Energy features a client that we have worked with to showcase not only our portfolio, but also our client’s business.


Project Scope:

The Sygma Network is a food distribution company that provides services to many well-known restaurants. It has 17 distribution centers that deliver more than 150 million cases of product per year, and that includes the distribution center in Kansas City.

The company was looking to add more efficient lighting in their warehouse. Their main concern was providing better lighting so their employees could see paperwork more clearly. Worldwide Energy retrofitted the commercial facility with premium T8 fixtures.

Lighting Upgrade Savings:

  • 300,000 kWh saved
  • Better lighting distribution
  • Annual projected utility savings of more than $23,000

Iowa Leads Renewable Energy Production

Iowa’s strong agricultural foundation and its legacy of manufacturing excellence have positioned the state to excel in next-generation technologies.

What state leads the way when it comes to renewable energy? Surprisingly, Iowa.

Iowa is not a particularly windy or sunny place, and it’s certainly not a state you think of when you consider cutting edge initiatives and energy efficiency.

As it turns out, Iowa ranks first in the nation in the production of ethanol, second in the nation in wind generation output, and fourth in the nation in the production of biodiesel.

According to an Iowa Development Authority website, Iowa’s strong agricultural foundation and its legacy of manufacturing excellence have positioned the state to excel in next-generation technologies.

And Iowa has invested in the renewable energy industry by creating the Office of Energy Independence, and the $100 million Iowa Power Fund to attract cutting-edge renewable energy research and development.

Sustainability sure is alive in Iowa, so if you don’t think of Iowa when it comes to energy efficiency, think again. According to an Iowa Department Authority website, Iowa’s strong agricultural foundation and its legacy of manufacturing excellence have positioned the state to excel in next-generation technologies. The future looks bright for renewables, especially in Iowa.

The Year in Review

What a year! Energy efficiency continues to be a growing field that many consumers and business owners are embracing. With the phase out of inefficient T12 lighting, many businesses understand the need for efficient lighting including LED, plasma, and induction.

Renewable energy also had a big year, especially in Kansas City where several large solar arrays were installed at businesses including one at the Surplus Exchange.

We at Worldwide Energy are grateful and proud of all that has been accomplished in 2012. We were able to help our clients achieve significant energy savings including:

  • Reducing more than 2 million kWh
  • Saved more than $208,000 in utility savings annually
  • Reduced 2,433,403 pounds of carbon dioxide
  • Equivalent to removing 301 cars, and planting more than 39,000 trees

What were some of your company’s savings? We look forward to another great year of energy savings in 2013.

Time is Running Out on Incentives

KCP&L rebates can pay for nearly half of your lighting upgrade investments.

The KCP&L rebates aren’t going to last forever. In fact, they may not be available next year. Rebates for the state of Kansas are no longer available, but the ones for Missouri customers are.

If you have considered updating your lighting system in the past, now is the time to do it. And if the rebates are not enough incentive, commonly used T12 lights have been phased out by the Department of Energy, and are no longer available for manufacture or import into the United States.

Because of this, current inventories are depleting, and prices are getting higher. Updating your system now can pay for nearly half of your investment.

Feature Client: Mid-America Car

Each month, Worldwide Energy features a client that we have worked with to showcase not only our portfolio, but also our client’s business.


Project Scope:

Mid-America Car provides locomotive and freight car overhaul, maintnenace and wreck repair. The company has several buildings including a service shop, and paint booth with outdated and inefficient lighting fixtures, including T12 bulbs. Goals for the project included reducing energy usage and operating costs, and increasing foot candle readings in all areas.

Worldwide Energy retrofitted the buildings with premium T5 reflectors, plasma fixtures, and LED lamps. Motion sensors were also installed for added savings. Rebates and incentives were filed to offset the investment.

Lighting Upgrade Savings:

  • 242,341 kWh saved
  • Cut demand usage in half
  • Even lighting distribution
  • Reduced 243,862 pounds of carbon dioxide

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