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CRC Logistics LLC: $32,717 Annual Savings for Fast Paced Cutting Edge Supply-chain company

Challenge

CRC Logistics, LLC had a need to reduce energy usage and its carbon footprint throughtout its Battleboro, NC warehouses. There warehouses were equipped with outdated fluorescent T12 tube lighting, which were inefficient and needed to be replaced. GreenTech Solutions Group offered a turn-key package that was exactly what the management at CRC Logistics was seeking.

CRC Logistics provides supply chain management and logistics solutions that drive efficiency, generate cost savings, and stimulate sustainable growth. They combine cutting-edge technology with their extensive network of transportation, warehousing, and global forwarding services to streamline logistics operations. When dealing with such critical supply-chain infrastructure, it was imperative GreenTech conduct the LED lighting upgrade without disrupting warehouse work flow.

Solution

GreenTech carefully assessed the needs and energy usage of the company and provided solutions vital to warehouse operations. The LED lighting upgrade involved energy-efficient lamps and lighting controls that significantly improved the light levels over the previous, out dated system.

The LED upgrade for CRC Logistics required retrofitting many fluorescent 8 foot tube light fixtures with energy-efficient LED bulbs. Retrofitting the existing lighting to long-lasting LED bulbs reduces the time between bulb replacement. This drove down the company’s overall operational costs.

Legacy metal halide fixtures were replaced with LED high and low bays. Occupancy sensors were also placed in lightly trafficked areas, further increasing energy efficiency and cost savings.

Results

The warehouse LED lighting upgrade resulted in a dramatic 88% reduction in annual lighting energy usage, which will save CRC Logistics $32,717 per year. The total cost of retrofitting was reduced by 50% through $60, 672 in Dominion Energy rebates. GreenTech energy prepared all rebate applications.

The LED lighting retrofit resulted in a significant 408,971 kWH reduction in annual lighting energy usage. Lighting quality also improved with new, brighter fixtures, with 2.5x higher foot-candles, increasing employee safety and productivity.

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Florida Marine Tanks

Florida Marine Tanks LED Upgrade: 74% Reduction in Energy Consumption, 50% Cost Savings in Energy Rebates

The Challenge

Florida Marine Tanks is an ABA and IBBI preferred aluminum tank supplier committed to provide the marine industry with the safest and highest quality fuel, water and holding tanks and manufactures out of their Henderson, NC facility. The facility is fully equipped for sheet metal fabrication from high quality aluminum and stainless steel.

Florida Marine Tanks President Orestes Monterrey wanted to improve the lighting quality and efficiency of their 60,000-square foot facility in Henderson, NC. The goal was to make the work environment safer and more pleasant for employees, while reducing the company’s overall carbon footprint. Monterey also wanted to ensure that production was not affected during the factory-wide LED upgrade.

The Solution

GreenTech conducted a comprehensive lighting audit of Florida Marine Tanks’ existing system and provided an in-depth analysis, forecasting the energy and maintenance savings that result from an upgrade to energy-efficient LED lighting. It provided recommendations on converting T12 strip fixtures and out-dated metal halide highbays to LED solutions in order to maximize critical production lighting.

Lighting was also upgraded with dimmable LED panel lights throughout the offices, shops, workout area, and cafeteria that allowed for brighter and customized light levels as needed.

“It was a pleasure to work with the crew at Florida Marine Tanks. Seeing the impact the lighting upgrade made on their facility was very rewarding. You could not only literally see the difference it made to the environment, but you could also see how postively it affected the employees,” said GreenTech’s V.P. of Business Development Scott Jernigan. “We love projects that not only have a quick payback, but also improve the working environment.”

The Results

The complete LED lighting upgrade delivered a 74% reduction in annual lighting energy usage for Florida Marine Tanks for their manufacturing facility. Greentech helped the company secure 50% cost savings in energy rebates and incentives for the retrofit, bringing a quick 1.8 year payback period.

A summary of benefits includes the following:

  • 74% reduction in annual lighting energy usage
  • 1.8 year payback period
  • 173,795 kWh reduction in annual lighting energy usage
  • $17,379 in annual operating savings
  • 50% cost savings in energy rebates and incentives

The LED upgrade resulted in dramatically better lighting quality that greatly helped to improve employee safety and increase productivity as well as producing a brighter atmosphere throughout the facility.

“From beginning to end GreenTech’s team was a pleasure to work with. Their crew was very efficient and professional. They were willing to work around our schedule to where our production didn’t get affected. The final product exceeded our expectations, and our employees are more productive and most importantly are able to work in a safer environment,” said Monterrey.

Monterrey added, “GreenTech’s ability to specify the needed upgrades in a precise fashion helped us gain a better idea of exactly what we were paying for. The rebate process was seamless as well with us receiving exactly what GreenTech quoted us receiving. We are very pleased with the outcome, and seeing a reduction in our utility bill made it that much better.”

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Luxfer Gas Cylinders

Luxfer Gas Cylinders LED Upgrade: Saves $35,330 Annually, Meets Corporate Energy Initiative

The Challenge

Luxfer Gas Cylinders had a corporate initiative to reduce energy usage and its carbon footprint throughout its aluminum cylinder factory in Graham, North Carolina. Luxfer conducted exhaustive industry and product research in selecting a company to conduct the lighting upgrade throughout the 119,355 square-foot facility in Graham, NC. The building was equipped with outdated fluorescent tube lighting, including T8 and high-output T5s, which were inefficient and needed to be replaced. GreenTech Solutions Group offered a turn-key package that was exactly what the management at Luxfer was seeking.

Luxfer’s business model is based on strong customer relationships, high-performance products for specialist markets, a strong technical base, manufacturing excellence, and a commitment to research and development and new product generation. Its vision is to be recognized as the most dynamic cylinder company and help create a wiser and healthier world. Customer satisfaction is at Luxfer’s core values, so it was imperative that GreenTech conduct the LED lighting upgrade without disrupting the critical work flow in the factory.

The Solution

GreenTech carefully assessed the needs and energy usage of the company and provided solutions vital to production. The LED lighting upgrade involved energy-efficient lamps, ballasts, and lighting controls that significantly improved the light levels over the previous, outdated system.

The LED upgrade at Luxfer required retrofitting many fluorescent 4-foot and 8-foot tube light fixtures with energy-efficient LED bulbs. Since the bulbs are long-lasting, the retrofit greatly reduces the need to replace burned out bulbs, thus driving down the company’s overall operational costs.

The main offices, production and distribution areas, and external lighting where upgraded to LED fixtures. Legacy metal halide fixtures were replaced with LED high bays. Dimmable lamps provided customizable light levels and occupancy sensors further increased energy efficiency throughout the building.

The Results

The factory LED lighting upgrade resulted in a dramatic 58 percent reduction in annual lighting energy usage, which will save Luxfer $35,330 each year. Furthermore, the lighting quality in the production and distributions areas were notably improved with new, brighter fixtures, increasing employee safety and productivity that continues to foster Luxfer’s commitment to manufacturing quality products.

A summary of benefits is as follows:

  • 58% reduction in annual lighting energy usage
  • 2.1 payback period
  • 35,330 savings in annual energy costs
  • 68% of project funded with energy incentives
  • 512,039 kWh reduction in annual lighting energy usage
  • $24,526 savings in energy incentives

“Through this lighting upgrade, we’ve taken a huge step forward in implementing our long-term sustainability objective, with GreenTech providing the support, scale, and products that we needed to get it done right,” said Luxfer Process Engineer Manalo Williams.

The LED lighting retrofit resulted in a significant 512,039 kWh reduction in annual lighting energy usage, which is the equivalent of planting 296 acres of forest or consuming 40,667 gallons of gasoline. Williams said since the upgrade, the enhanced lighting has an additional benefit for the workforce. He noticed that a better-lit, brighter facility makes for a more pleasant workplace where employees can take a more dynamic role in processes – a win-win for innovation.

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ZINK Imaging

Zink Imaging LED Upgrade: Saves 82% in Operational Costs, $35,035 Annually

The Challenge

ZINK Imaging is an independent company that is pioneering ink-free printing for consumer and business needs. Zink, which stands for Zero Ink®, is the inventor of the ZINK® Technology and the manufacturer of the award-winning ZINK Paper®. The company’s manufacturing plant is located in Whitsett, North Carolina.

Zink revolutionized printing by eliminating the need for ink cartridges, ribbons, or toners. Zink offers a value proposition that is economical and environmentally friendly. With more than 180 patents and patents pending supporting the technology, upgrading to LED lighting was a natural progression for a company on the leading edge of its industry.

Zink Senior Manager of Engineering and Utilities Bill Neiland was looking to upgrade the plant to more eco-friendly lighting to better fit with the mission of Zink Imaging and to save on rising operational costs incurred from outdated fluorescent lighting. Neiland looked to GreenTech Solutions Group to address the needs of the large facility that sits on 85 acres. It was necessary to have little disruption to the workflow as the lighting upgrade was conducted.

The Solution

GreenTech conducted a comprehensive lighting audit of Zink’s existing system, provided analysis, and forecasted the energy and maintenance savings that result from an upgrade to energy-efficient LED lighting.

GreenTech’s upgrade within Zink’s facility resulted in an impressive 79% reduction in annual lighting energy use. The new LED lighting significantly improved light levels over the previous, outdated system that was in need of being replaced. Dimmable panels and controls contributed to more energy savings and gave employees control over various lighting environments.

Metal halide and T12 fixtures throughout the facility, including the exterior, were retrofitted with Philips LED high bays, dimmable panel lights, wall packs, and flood lights.

“LED lighting is an integral part of Zink’s continued efforts to reduce its carbon footprint,” Neiland said. “With this lighting upgrade and the support provided by GreenTech regarding the project’s scale and the best products for our needs, we’ve taken a big step in achieving our energy efficiency goals for the company.”

The Results

The outcome was brighter lighting and enhanced color temperatures in work areas, which greatly improved employee productivity, safety, and helped Zink’s commitment to deliver a more superior end product. Zink also experienced a significant 82% savings in annual operational costs, which will add up to more than $360,000 over the next 10 years.

A summary of benefits is as follows:

  • 79% reduction in annual lighting energy use
  • 1.3 payback period
  • 82% in annual operational cost savings
  • 68% of project funded with energy incentives
  • $36,035 annual operational cost savings
  • 441,659 kWh reduction in annual lighting energy use

GreenTech helped Zink secure more than $70,000 in Duke Energy rebates, as well as a generous USDA REAP grant of nearly $40,000, which brought the payback period down to a quick 1.3 years.

Dimmable panels and controls helped contribute to $36,035 savings in annual operational costs. Since LED lighting is long lasting and nearly maintenance free, the upgrade saved in countless man hours and replacement parts for the company.

“Zink is known for delivering an amazing product and as a company that is constantly innovating, so it made perfect sense for them to upgrade to energy-efficient LED lighting,” said GreenTech VP of Business Development Scott Jernigan. “Bill and the crew at Zink were wonderful to work with and show how the company is a true vanguard in technology and the environment.”

Zink Imaging made huge strides in reducing its ecological footprint. The completed projected will save 441,659 kWh per year, which is the equivalent of planting 256 acres of forest or taking 66 cars off the road. As a company with a standard of innovation, Zink Imaging showed the type of strategic investments essential to ensure a clean energy and eco-friendly future for generations to come.

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Kingsdown, Inc. – Virginia

Kingsdown Exterior LED Lighting Upgrade: Saves 69% in Annual Energy Costs Consumed by Outdoor Lighting

The Challenge

Kingsdown, Inc. was looking for additional ways to save energy and money in its Winchester, Virginia mattress manufacturing plant. Kingsdown has been handcrafting luxury mattresses since 1904 in North Carolina. The company prides itself on creating the world’s smartest luxury mattress backed by research, data collection, and extensive testing.

Kingsdown VP of Manufacturing Michael Shoe was looking to improve the exterior lighting quality and decrease energy consumption for the plant. He also wanted a solution that would reduce the time their employees spend maintaining and repairing the exterior lighting system.

Shoe worked with GreenTech Solutions Group on the LED lighting upgrade of its entire Mebane, NC manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters previously. That upgrade was very successful and the entire installation went so smoothly that Shoe was eager to have GreenTech upgrade the exterior lighting at its Virginia plant.

The Solution

GreenTech carefully assessed the existing lighting fixtures of the building’s exterior and provided a detailed analysis and forecasted the energy and additional maintenance savings that result from upgrading to energy-efficient LED lighting.

The exterior lighting upgrade around the Kingsdown plant resulted in a 69% reduction in annual lighting energy usage consumed by pole lighting, wall packs, and down lights. LED lighting increased the light levels over the outdated system Kingsdown used for years, which drastically improved employee safety around the building and in the parking lot.

Metal halide fixtures on the perimeter walls were replaced with 120-watt LED retrofits and 65-watt halogens were upgraded to LED wall packs. The halogen front entrance light was changed out for a 10-watt LED down light. Metal halide pole lights were also swapped out for 150-watt LED pole lights.

The Results

The effect of the outdoor lighting upgrade was a brighter, safer environment for employees and visitors to the plant. Since LEDs have a much longer life than traditional lighting, Kingsdown will save significantly on maintenance costs of renting lifts and replacing hard-to-reach light fixtures due to failures. This allows the company to save both time and money by eliminating the intermittent costs needed to maintain a fully-functioning exterior lighting system.

A summary of benefits is the following:

  • 69% reduction in annual lighting energy use
  • 2.9 payback period
  • $5,122 savings in annual operational costs
  • 43,984 kWh reduction in annual lighting energy use

GreenTech staff installed various types of lighting, depending on the needs. Some of the exterior lighting was continuous and others were dusk-to-dawn fixtures, which made the switch to LED lighting more advantageous to Kingsdown’s bottom line. Replacing legacy metal halide and halogen lights and fixtures with LED lighting can make a big difference in the expenses, effectiveness, and aesthetics of a company’s facility. The lighting upgrade also has a quick 2.9-year payback.

“We were so impressed with GreenTech on the upgrade to our North Carolina facility and offices, that doing this exterior lighting upgrade was a no-brainer,” said Kingsdown VP of Manufacturing Michael Shoe. “We also appreciate the staff’s willingness to travel to Virginia and their meticulous attention to detail and ease in which they completed the installation. They are always such a pleasure to work with.”

Kingsdown once again proved its commitment to helping the environment by doing what it can to reduce the company’s ecological footprint. The LED upgrade to the exterior of the building will save 43,984 kWh each year, which is the equivalent of planting 25 acres of forest, seven fewer cars on the road, or 3,493 fewer gallons of gas consumed.

“Kingsdown shows how dedicated it is as a company to not only creating a better, brighter work environment for its employees, but that management can make effective strides in making a big impact on the environment by implementing an LED lighting upgrade,” said GreenTech VP of Business Development Scott Jernigan. “We were happy for the opportunity to work with everyone at Kingsdown again.”

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Foothills Brewing

Foothills Brewing LED Lighting Upgrade: Saves 68% in Annual Operational Costs, Highlights Eco-Friendly Philosophy

The Challenge

Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem, NC is an award-winning brewery featuring some of the best hand-crafted beers in the Southeast. Anyone watching the Durham Bulls play at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park has probably sipped a Foothills IPA.

Its new beer releases of 2017 will be part of a new “Craft Happiness IPA Project” that highlights local, national, and global causes. Each month, the brewery will focus on a human, environmental, or animal awareness campaign. It was no surprise when the owners requested the assistance of GreenTech Solutions Group to help reduce the brewery’s carbon footprint.

The brewery was operating on old, outdated fluorescent and high bay fixtures. The previous lighting was dim and inefficient, so safety, rising costs, and quality control were big concerns, according to Foothills Brewing President Jamie Bartholomaus.

The Solution

GreenTech carefully assessed the lighting needs and energy usage of the brewery and custom-designed a lighting plan. The LED lighting upgrade in the brewery brought significant energy savings for the 48,000-square-foot facility. After legacy high bays and T12 fluorescents were replaced with energy-efficient LED fixtures, the brewery immediately experienced a 58% reduction in lighting energy usage.

The lighting upgrade began by illuminating dark areas behind the brewing tanks with LED wall packs. After removing all of the 8-foot strip lights, high lumen LED high bays were strategically placed around tanks, packaging, and bottling lines to aid in production and cleanup. The maintenance shop was also upgraded with LED tubes providing better lighting for task performance.

The Results

The upgrade resulted in improved overall lighting quality, providing a safer and more pleasant atmosphere. It also allows the employees to better inspect the final product, something Foothills takes very seriously.

A summary of benefits is as follows:

  • 58% reduction in annual lighting energy usage
  • 1.8 year payback period
  • 68% reduction in annual operational costs
  • 30% savings in energy incentives
  • 44,172 kWh reduction in annual lighting energy usage

“We take pride in our advocacy efforts at Foothills and upgrading the lighting to LEDs is just a small step we can take to make a big impact on the environment,” said Foothills Brewing President Jamie Bartholomaus. “The people at GreenTech helped us to make changes that will continue to save us energy and save on our bottom line, so we can continue to invest in bringing the public the best, top-quality beers.”

GreenTech helped secure 30% of the project’s upfront costs in energy savings for the brewery, resulting in a quick 1.8 year payback period. LED lighting is longer lasting, so the bulbs will need to be replaced much less often, offering significant savings on maintenance and the cost of replacement bulbs. In fact, the LED upgrade will continue to yield Foothills a 68% savings in annual operational costs.

“We commend Foothills Brewing for their vision and environmental advocacy,” said GreenTech CEO Glenn Edmonds. “Whether it’s with the LED lighting upgrade or spotlighting an environmental cause with their IPAs, the folks at Foothills are committed to making a large impact with their business.”

The LED lighting retrofit also resulted in a 44,172 kWh reduction in annual lighting energy usage, which is the equivalent of planting 26 acres of forest or consuming 3,508 gallons of gasoline. For a business committed to making a big impact on the environment, Foothills Brewing fulfilled that commitment by implementing the lighting solutions provided by the team at GreenTech Solutions Group. Not only will patrons and employees enjoy a better lit atmosphere within the brewery, the environment will benefit as well.

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Charter Medical, Ltd.

Charter Medical, Ltd. LED Lighting Upgrade: Saves $22,022 in Annual Operational Costs, Over 50% of Project Paid for in Energy Rebates

The Challenge

Charter Medical, Ltd. has a 25-year history of developing and providing specialty single-use products to the blood transfusion, cell therapy, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical markets. Charter Medical itself on exceeding customer’s expectations through a commitment to continuous improvement, and to that end, sought out the expertise of GreenTech Solutions Group to upgrade the lighting in its 72,000 square-foot facility in Winston-Salem, NC.

Outdated and costly lighting existed throughout the facility. The cleanrooms were subject to federal regulations, so any lighting upgrade had to be done thoughtfully and carefully. Charter Medical also required the upgrade to not only reduce energy and maintenance costs, but also to increase quality control throughout, especially at inspection areas. Charter also need the installation to not disrupt the work flow.

Because of the company’s commitment to providing superior products, improving quality checks and making workstations brighter and easier to perform task in was top on Charter’s list of requirements.

The Solution

GreenTech carefully assessed the current lighting configuration in Charter Medical’s warehouse and office areas, and worked closely with the company to plan a strategy to replace the lighting in two cleanrooms and warehouse space. GreenTech provided photometrics on fixture allocation with light levels needed for compliance with federal regulations. Instrumentation was utilized throughout the process to monitor particle counts insuring that the cleanroom remained within compliance throughout installation.

GreenTech upgraded existing legacy T12 and T8 fluorescent troffers with high-efficiency LED panel fixtures in all office areas. Light level dimming controls further increased energy efficiency in these areas throughout the facility. The office lighting upgrade not only improved the overall quality of light, integrated dimming controls allowed each employee to customize light levels to a particular task or mood.

“We always strive to do more than just upgrade the lighting in a facility. We seek to make the resulting environment more conducive to productive work, and allowing employees to control the lighting in their individual spaces to their own needs is a great benefit,” said GreenTech VP of Business Development Scott Jernigan. “This project, especially concerning the strict regulations on the cleanroom areas, demonstrates our commitment to keeping operations going smoothly during the installation process and ultimately delivering superior lighting products to our clients.”

The Results

GreenTech’s recommendations resulted in substantial energy and cost savings. The summary of benefits were the following:

  • 62% reduction in annual lighting energy usage
  • $22,022 savings in annual lighting energy costs
  • 2-year payback period
  • $48,383 savings in energy rebates
  • 275,286 kWh reduction in annual lighting energy use
  • 62% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

After installation, subsequent cleaning and verification, the cleanroom areas were returned to service with minimal impact to production. The cleanroom areas saw an increase in light levels, improving acuity, and task performance.

Philips LED high bays were utilized throughout the warehouse for lighting. With proper fixture configuration, warehouse lighting quality was dramatically increased, enhancing safety and efficiency.

“All the employees noticed an immediate improvement,” said Casey Vestal, Charter Medical’s purchasing agent. “Charter Medical is focused on exceeding our clients’ expectations, meeting quality requirements and providing the best possible service and products. GreenTech shares the same goals, and from start to finish we were very pleased with the performance of their team on this project.”

GreenTech assisted in securing more than 50% of the project’s total cost in rebates from Duke Energy: Smart $aver Incentive Program. The generous rebates combined with remarkable energy savings resulted in a quick two-year payback period for Charter Medical.

The lighting retrofit not only saved the company $22,022 in operational costs yearly, it also delivered a 62% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 41 cars off the road or planting 159 acres of forest.

The LED upgrade provided Charter Medical with a better-quality light, brighter and more efficient spaces, while reducing their overall carbon footprint. Charter Medical has proven to not only deliver products that help improve the quality of life, but by upgrading its facility to energy-efficient LED lighting, it is also making an ecological impact that will have long lasting effects on generations to come.

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Eagle USA

Eagle USA LED Lighting Upgrade: Saves 70% in Annual Operational Costs, Helps Boost Productivity

The Challenge

Eagle USA is proudly an American manufacturer. The company brings high-quality, American-made sportswear to athletes and teams across the U.S. William Lucas, plant manager of Eagle’s Middlesex, NC plant was looking for ways to improve lighting conditions while saving energy and turned to GreenTech Solutions Group for the best options.

A proud supporter of American manufacturing and industry, Eagle USA exhibits an unbridled passion for local commerce at a time when most other apparel companies are going global, outsourcing and moving production offshore in efforts to increase their bottom line. The company employs 300 of the industry’s best workers in its North Carolina factory.

The desire to give its employees a brighter, safer place to work was part of the reason behind the LED lighting upgrade. Eagle USA takes pride in delivering an exceptional product, so the LED upgrade was integral in its goal to give its customers well-made, high-quality American apparel.

The lighting upgrade also spoke to Eagle USA’s desire to be more socially responsible and eco-friendly as a company.

The Solution

GreenTech assessed the needs of the facility, which is responsible for sewing and private label shipping, and made recommendations accordingly. The main factory, inspection area, and sewing room contained outdated 8-foot T12 fixtures were in dire need of upgrading. GreenTech retrofitted the entire space with energy-efficient LED fixtures.

The upgrade greatly improved the lighting which increased productivity and allowed employees to better inspect the workmanship and quality of the delivered product. The brighter lighting has cooler temperatures, which makes it more comfortable for employees working in the factory.

“It’s the dedication to employee satisfaction and proper working conditions that led to Eagle USA’s commitment to their lighting upgrade, in turn providing their customers with a superior product,” said GreenTech VP of Business Development Scott Jernigan. “We are proud to support a company that values its employees and takes such pride in keeping jobs here, not only in the U.S., but in North Carolina.”

The Results

GreenTech’s LED lighting upgraded resulted in significant energy and cost savings. It also helped increase productivity and allowed employees to better inspect the final product.

The summary of benefits was the following:

  • 48% reduction in annual lighting energy usage
  • 3.1 year payback period
  • 70% savings in operational costs
  • 71,517 kWh reduction in annual lighting energy usage
  • 46% savings in energy incentives

GreenTech helped Eagle USA secure more than $17,000 in energy incentives to help fund the project and reduce the payback period to 3.1 years. Not only did the LED retrofit bring about a 48% reduction in lighting energy usage, it also resulted in an impressive 70% savings in operational costs. Due to the long life and improved quality of LED lighting, there are significant gains in productivity and reductions in maintenance costs in addition to the energy savings.

The LED lighting retrofit also resulted in a 71,517 kWh reduction in annual energy use, which is the equivalent of planting 41 acres of forest or reducing the consumption of gasoline by 5,680 gallons. Eagle USA is fast becoming the model for other businesses wishing to support American workers and the environment.

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Troxler Electronic Laboratories

Troxler Electronic Laboratories LED Upgrade: Saves $40,600 a Year in Energy Costs, Nearly 50% of Project Funded by Energy Incentives

The Challenge

Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc., a mainstay of the Research Triangle Park in NC, has been dedicated to developing, manufacturing, and servicing precision quality control measurement equipment since 1958. With a goal to be environmentally conscientious, the company sought the expertise of GreenTech Solutions Group to upgrade the existing outdated lighting throughout the facility with energy efficient LED lighting.

Troxler was looking to decrease rising operational costs and improve safety and production throughout the facility, including offices, lab rooms, and common areas.

The Solution

Troxler carried out extensive product and industry research in selecting a partner for their lighting upgrade. GreenTech worked closely with Troxler staff to provide recommendations on solutions vital to production, and efficiency upgrade recommendations were confirmed by a third-party audit performed by North Carolina State University.

Legacy T12 strip lights were upgraded with energy-efficient LED tubes in manufacturing and engineering areas, and 2×4 troffers were replaced with dimmable LED panel lights allowing for customization of light levels in offices, labs, and common areas.

The Results

The LED lighting upgraded resulted in a 68% reduction in annual lighting energy usage. The solution was dramatically better lighting quality that greatly helped to improve employee safety and increase productivity as well as producing a brighter atmosphere throughout the building. The lighting upgrade also included the replacement of external area lights with LED pole lights, flood lights, and wall packs to provide increased security around the facility and beautification of the building and grounds.

An impressive summary of benefits includes the following:

  • 68% reduction in annual lighting energy usage
  • 2.2 year payback period
  • $81,900 savings in energy incentives
  • $40,603 savings in annual lighting energy usage
  • 451,151 kWh reduction in annual lighting energy usage

GreenTech assisted in securing generous rebates from Duke Energy Progress that paid for nearly half the entire lighting project! The energy savings combined with rebate incentives resulted in a 2.2 year payback for Troxler. The LED lighting upgrade also resulted in a 318,431 kg decrease in greenhouse gases produced, which is the equivalent of 35,831 gallons of gasoline consumed or planting 261 acres of forest.

Troxler Electronic Laboratories truly represents a company that is environmentally responsible and sets a brilliant example for other industrial businesses to follow.

“Troxler is a staple in the RTP community and a pioneer in local entrepreneurship that we all strive to emulate. We are privileged to have been selected as their lighting partner. Their staff was pleasant to work with and integral in making this a successful project,” said GreenTech VP of Business Development Scott Jernigan.

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SRI Shoe Warehouse

SRI Shoe Warehouse LED Upgrade: Retail Store Sees Dramatic 74% Savings in Energy Costs and Saves $8,500 Annually

The Challenge

SRI Shoe Warehouse was founded by Stuart and Barbara Rosenberg. Their vision of a warehouse emporium of stylish, casual, and always affordable shoes is as innovative today as it was when the store opened back in 1991. Today, with the help of the next generation of the Rosenberg family, SRI Shoe Warehouse remains a top destination for comfortable, affordable, quality shoes. Since the store is open seven days a week, it was important to find ways to save both energy and money. In a typical retail store, electric lighting accounts for 22 percent of total building energy use.

SRI Shoe Warehouse was looking to decrease operational costs and sought the expertise of GreenTech Solutions Group to provide a complete LED lighting retrofit of its Raleigh, NC store.

The Solution

GreenTech took into consideration the retail aspect of the job, keeping in mind that lighting merchandise in the most attractive way and ensuring customers they can find the products they are looking for easily are critical to increased sales for the retailer.

“In retail stores, effective lighting design is crucial to the overall environment and likely results in improved sales,” said GreenTech VP of Business Development Scott Jernigan. “If customers enjoy the store’s atmosphere, it makes sense that they probably will linger more and ultimately make a purchase.”

GreenTech’s lighting upgrade involved removing all current high bay HID light sources and replacing them with new energy-efficient 120-watt LED lighting fixtures that deliver more consistent and better quality lighting.

The Results

The upgrade resulted in a 74% reduction in annual lighting energy usage. Due to the energy efficiency and longevity of LEDs, the maintenance savings is 100%, which resulted in a 77% savings in annual operational costs.

A summary of the benefits is as follows:

  • 74% reduction in annual lighting energy usage
  • 1.3 year payback period
  • 95,189 kWh reduction in lighting annual energy use
  • 77% reduction in annual operating costs
  • $11,250 savings in energy incentives
  • 67,186 kgCO2e greenhouse gases avoided

The upgrade will save SRI Shoe Warehouse approximately $8,500 a year. A generous rebate from Duke Energy Progress paid for nearly 48% of the project cost, which reduced the payback period to only 1.3 years.

The energy savings of the lighting upgrade is the equivalent of taking 14 cars off the road or planting 55 acres of urban forests. With increased color and lighting quality, the retrofit helped make SRI Shoe Warehouse a store that is inviting where customers want to stay and shop.

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