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In-House Financing, Rebates & Energy Incentives for LED Lighting

We work diligently through our financing, rebates, and incentives programs to get the best deal for you. We simplify the application process and work on your behalf to qualify for every available form of financial assistance. 

Our solutions include: 

Do you offer Financing? 


In-house financing for your LED lighting upgrade  is available through our GreenShare Service Program (GSP).  

  • Spread out your expenses over time with manageable monthly payments 
  • Use utility cost savings to pay for new lighting or other efficiency projects
  • Make purchase decision based on operational budget rather than capital budget

How is the financial plan designed? 
The financial plan is designed to coincide with the expected payback period. 

  • Monthly savings exceeds monthly cost of new system

Enjoy an immediate cash flow positive scenario!

What if I want to pay off the lease early? 
Zero penalties, zero fees, no future interest charges. Enjoy early pay off freedom! 

Learn more about how you can upgrade your lighting systems immediately with little to no upfront costs and begin enjoying the monthly savings right away. 

Is GreenTech part of the Duke Energy Smart Saver program? 


As a preferred partner of the Carolinas, most of our customers qualify for Duke Energy rebates through the Smart Saver Incentive Program. 

How does it work?

Businesses can receive utility incentives for installing high-efficiency lighting, HVAC, pumps, and other qualifying equipment. GreenTech can find out how the Smart $aver incentives will lower the costs associated with these upgrades.

High-efficiency equipment that falls outside of the scope of Duke Energy and Duke Energy Progress’ standard prescriptive offers may still be eligible for incentives. GreenTech will determine all the variables to maximize the rebates available for the scope of your project.

I don’t live in North Carolina. Do I still qualify for LED lighting rebates and incentives? 


For our southern Virginia residents, we’ve partnered with Dominion Virginia Power. Many of our customers qualify for the Non-Residential Lighting Systems and Controls Rebate.

By upgrading your existing lighting or installing new energy-efficient lighting and controls, you can be eligible to receive a rebate from Dominion. Technologies include: T8s, T5s, CFLs, LEDs, and occupancy sensors.

If you reside anywhere else in the continental US, we’ll work diligently with your local utility companies to apply all incentives to get you the best rates possible. 

What other forms of financial assistance are available for my business?


The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant provides funding for small rural businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. 

  • Receive funds of up to 25% of total eligible project cost
  • Businesses with less than 500 employees
  • Must be in a rural environment (not a city or town) with population 50,000+

GreenTech can seamlessly walk you through the application process for this grant, which is given twice per year.

LED Lighting Case Studies: Before & After + Money Saved

Case Study 1: Luxfer Gas Cylinders LED Upgrade: Saves $35,330 Annually, Meets Corporate Energy Initiative

Luxfer Gas Cylinders had a corporate initiative to reduce energy usage and its carbon footprint throughout its aluminum cylinder factory in Graham, North Carolina. 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. 

LED Lighting upgrade of 119,355 sq foot aluminum cylinder manufacturing facility in Graham, NC

Summary of benefits at a glance…

  • 58% reduction in annual lighting energy usage 
  • 2.1 year payback period
  • Annual energy cost savings of $35,330  
  • 512,039 kWh reduction in annual energy usage 
  • $24,526 savings in energy incentives

In the words of our customer:

Luxfer Process Engineer Manalo Williams notes, “Since the upgrade, the enhanced lighting has an additional benefit for the workforce… 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.”

Read the Full Case Study Here

To learn more about our organizational upgrades that include network lighting controls, visit our services page. 

Interested in a free lighting upgrade facility assessment? Contact a GreenTech rep today and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Case Study 2: Full Commercial Lighting Upgrade for Adhesive Solutions Manufacturer Acucote, Inc. of Graham, NC

When the company was looking to upgrade their current lighting, they sought out the help of GreenTech to retrofit the existing outdated lighting throughout the administrative, manufacturing, and shipping areas with energy efficient LED lighting. 

The upgrade greatly improved the working conditions in those areas while reducing the overall energy costs by utilizing a combination of LED highbays, task and panel lights. 

External lighting conditions were also improved with new LED wallpacks and flood lights. Occupancy sensors and dimmers were installed to further increase energy efficiency and bring about a 67 percent reduction in Acucote’s lighting energy consumption in its 80,000 square-foot facility. 

A much-improved workplace for both efficiency and safety, thanks to GreenTech Solutions. 

Summary of benefits at a glance…

  • 67% cost reduction in annual energy use and cost
  • 7-month payback period
  • 664,946 kWh reduction in annual lighting energy usage
  • Energy rebates and incentives of $100,000+
  • $66,494 saved in annual operational costs  

Occupancy sensors and dimmers help regulate lighting and save on unnecessary energy expenses.

Overall, GreenTech’s energy efficient lighting package will increase productivity, reduce operating expenses, and provide for better safety and security while providing a payback of only 7 months. 

Read the Full Case Study Here

To learn more about our partial upgrades and monthly maintenance service with immediate cost savings, visit our services page. 

Interested in a free lighting upgrade facility assessment? Contact a GreenTech rep today and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Energy-Efficient LED Lighting Upgrade Process

There are several reasons why you’re probably considering a facility lighting upgrade. Energy and service costs, workplace safety, and improved environment are the reasons that usually top our customer’s list. 

Whether you need an extensive LED lighting upgrade or a partial solution, we can walk you through our 7-step process so you know just what to expect from start to finish. 

1. Consultation

Your first contact with us will be through one of our friendly reps. We’ll ask you a few questions over the phone to make sure we understand your business needs. We also take this opportunity to share how we can save you money, increase the efficiency of your operations, and make your facility environment a more enjoyable atmosphere for the people who work there. 

We set your site assessment appointment during this phone call. 

We can work around your busy schedule!

We’re often asked if we can accommodate busy schedules. This comes up often with COVID protocols now in place. 

Our team will go above and beyond to work with your busy or changing schedule. 

Our goal is to have our representative in your facility within 5-10 days of the initial phone call. 

2. Detailed Site Assessment

We’ll reach out to you the day before the assessment to confirm our appointment. 

On assessment day, your lighting expert will arrive on-site at the scheduled time of your appointment. 

We’ll tour your facility with you and gather information to assess your facility and get to know you and your organization’s needs.

Our rep will follow up quickly and thoroughly with a detailed analysis and action plan. 

3. Analysis and Project Selection

Combining powerful software and our extensive experience, we analyze the relevant parameters to produce reports that show you:

  • Financial costs: current and projected 
  • Analysis of current situation
  • Areas and opportunities for improvement
  • Prioritized list of projects for efficiency and optimized investing 
  • Qualified incentives and rebate programs 

4. Development of Action Plan

Once you’ve selected your ideal project that allows for the most cost-effective and energy-saving solution, we turn to creating your detailed action plan. 

Here’s where our industry knowledge and veteran experience comes into play. 

After many years of design and implementation of dozens of successful projects, we develop an effective plan designed to reach your specific goals.

You’ll be able to see everything up front and choose exactly what you need. 

5. Product Sourcing

We have direct access to an extensive supply of products and equipment. This allows us to:

  • Cut out the “middleman”
  • Keep our operations lean and efficient 
  • Offer aggressive pricing to our clients 
  • Offer significant product discounts over other suppliers 

6. Oversight of Installation

Our full-service capabilities include expert management of internal staff, subcontractors, and workflow to ensure our installation projects are completed effectively and with minimal impact on our clients’ normal operations.

We treat your facility as if it’s our own.

We know how important it is for you to maintain optimal productivity, so we work diligently and swiftly to minimize disruptions and impact on your operations. 

Our goal is to come and go as if we’ve never been there at all. 

7. Project Closeout and Follow-up Services 

We maintain close communication with clients after their energy-efficiency LED lighting upgrade projects are complete. 

We want to be sure that everything is functioning properly, and we monitor and assess your ongoing energy savings. 

We focus on cleanliness and responsibility.

At GreenTech, we are not only committed to providing the best service throughout the project process, but we are committed to being environmentally friendly by disposing of all waste material through recycling and compliant processing services.

The LED lighting upgrade service at GreenTech is based on our time-tested, proven process for efficiency and customer satisfaction. 

If you’d like to learn more about what we can do for your company, contact a GreenTech rep to schedule your site assessment today.

GreenTech Solutions Group is an experienced provider of customized energy-efficiency LED lighting solutions including Network Lighting Controls (NLCs) and Lighting as a Service (LaaS). 

Expert Engineering * Cutting-Edge Technology * Experienced Contracting Services

What to Expect from Your LED Lighting Upgrade Assessment

We’re thrilled that you’ve selected GreenTech Solutions for your LED lighting upgrade project! In order to learn a little more about us and to help you better prepare for your upcoming assessment, we’ve outlined our 4-step process below.

Our 4-Step Assessment Process  

  1. Set Appointment
  2. Letter of Introduction
  3. Site Assessment
  4. Analysis and Overview of Assessment with Action Plan 

1. Set Appointment

Your first contact with us will be through one of our friendly reps. We like to ask you a few questions over the phone to make sure we understand your business needs. We also take this opportunity to share how we can save you money, increase the efficiency of your operations, and make your facility environment a more enjoyable atmosphere for the people who work there. 

We set your assessment appointment during this phone call. 

We work diligently to accommodate for difficult and changing schedules. Our goal is to have our representative in your facility within 5-10 days of the initial phone call. 

2. Letter of Introduction

After your assessment is scheduled, we follow up with an email letter of introduction. This allows us to share even more about our company and our process. 

  • We highlight our company vision, goals, and our promise to you—our customer!
  • We show you how we work to save you money on energy costs and maintenance, highlighting some of our financial incentive programs and features. 
  • We provide a quick overview of the services we offer.
  • We reassure you of how we take ownership over the entire process and make it a smooth and seamless transition for you. 
  • We highlight our past projects so we can see how we’ve helped others just like you.

3. Site Assessment

On the day of your assessment, your lighting expert will arrive on site at the scheduled time of your appointment. We’ll walk with you through your facility to gather information, ask questions and assess your current equipment and infrastructure. 

Our rep will thank you for your time and follow up with a detailed analysis and action plan. 

4. Analysis and Overview of Assessment with Action Plan 

After meeting, your representative will write up a detailed analysis of your facility operations, LED lighting upgrade equipment needs, supporting maintenance services, line-item cost, and graphic charts showing how much everything will cost and exactly how much money you will save on the initial installation as well as savings in monthly service and operations fees. 

Your Action Plan will include a complete, detailed breakdown of every step of the installation and implementation process with a timeline to completion. 

At any time during the 4-step process, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns. 

If you still have some unanswered questions, or if you’d like to go ahead and schedule your site assessment, contact us at GreenTech solutions and we’d be happy to assist you! 

Schedule Your Free Site Assessment 

10 LED Fun Facts

We have compiled a list of LED fun facts that are informative and helpful to know.

For all those business owners, retailers, and houses of worship that have not yet committed to LED upgrades, these facts are important to consider.

  1. An incandescent lamp converts about 9-10 percent of the energy fed to it into light, whereas LEDs convert nearly 100 percent of the energy they consume as light.

  3. LEDs contain no mercury— and at least 95 percent of an LED is recyclable. Compare this to the wasteful design of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which not only contain mercury, but also create a large portion of electronic waste due to their design — the fluorescent tube portion of a CFL ceases to work long before the ballast inside the CFL or its other electronic components are ready to die. This alone creates tons of waste every month.

  5. LED lamps on average are not subject to serious damage from external shock. If you drop an incandescent lamp, there will be a lot of broken glass to clean up, and if it’s a CFL, not only will it break, there are mercury decontamination procedures recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency you will have to follow.

  7. When LED light is used in fresh food displays, it has been proven to breed significantly less bacteria than its halogen or fluorescent counterparts.

  9. A majority of residential/commercial LED A-lamp manufacturers claim a whopping 50,000 hours lamp life on average, with newer models claiming up to 100,000 hours. (Incandescent lamps have a lifespan of about 1,000 hours and CFLs have a lifespan of about 10,000 hours.) If this sounds impressive, it is! Consider your usage on just the 50,000 hour varieties:
    • If you use your LED bulb for 24 hours a day, every day, that bulb is rated to last 6 years!
    • If you use your LED bulb for 12 hours a day, every day, that bulb is rated to last 11 years!!
    • If you use your LED bulb for only 4 hours per day, that bulb is rated to last 17 years!!!


  10. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the widespread adoption of LEDs in residential and commercial applications over the next 20 years will save about $265 billion (Yes! That’s BILLION!), will prevent the need for constructing 40 new power plants, and reduce the electricity demand of lighting by 33 percent.

  12. If the entire United States would replace only 50 percent of the existing incandescent Christmas lights around the holidays, the potential energy cost savings starts around $17.2 billion dollars.

  14. Switch to an LED bulb in the porch light and you’ll notice considerably fewer bugs, if not a complete decrease in your porch bug population! Why? Because incandescent lamps and CFLs produce copious amounts of ultraviolet and infrared radiation, which attracts bugs.

  16. Due to the physics involved, LED lamps have what is called Instant On — unlike their incandescent and CFL counterparts. What this means is when you switch on an LED lamp, you get the full brightness of that light instantly. Incandescent lamps and CFLs experience significantly less lamp life from being switched on and off frequently, and CFLs in particular can experience greatly reduced lamp life if they are switched off and back on within 15 minutes of heating up.

  18. The lighting industries as a whole are pushing LEDs to replace incandescent sources in a variety of applications, but the first time that LEDs actually did displace incandescent lamps was in vehicle brake lights, signal lights, and traffic lightsback in 1987!

Contact us today to see how we can help you save money

Source: Kastor Energy March 2017

LED Lighting: The Basics Explained

The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting.

Energy Savings

LED is a highly energy efficient lighting technology, and has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the U.S. Residential LEDs — especially ENERGY STAR rated products — use at least 75 percent less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.

Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the U.S. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is 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.

Learn more about how energy-efficient light bulbs compare with traditional incandescents.

How LEDs are Different

LED lighting is very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Key differences include the following:

  • Light Source: LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light.
  • Direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed downlights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
  • Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90 percent of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80 percent of their energy as heat.

LED Products

LED lighting is currently available in a wide variety of home and industrial products, and the list is growing every year. The rapid development of LED technology leads to more products and improved manufacturing efficiency, which also results in lower prices. Below are some of the most common types of LED products.

Industrial and Commercial Lighting

The high efficiency and directional nature of LEDs makes them ideal for many industrial uses. LEDs are increasingly common in street lights, parking garage lighting, walkways and other outdoor area lighting, refrigerated case lighting, modular lighting, and task lighting.
See our industrial and commercial lighting case studies

Kitchen Under-Cabinet Lighting

Because LEDs are small and directional, they are ideal for lighting countertops for cooking and reading recipes. Since the color can appear more cool or blue than many prefer in a kitchen and there can be some excessive shadowing from some fixtures, it is important to compare products to find the best fixture for your space.

Recessed Downlights

Recessed downlights are commonly used in residential kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms, and in a number of office and commercial settings. The Department of Energy estimates there are at least 500 million recessed downlights installed in U.S. homes, and more than 20 million are sold each year. LED technology can decrease downlight wattage by 75% or more.

LED Replacement Bulbs

With performance improvements and dropping prices, LED lamps can replace 40, 60, and even 75 watt incandescent bulbs. It’s important to read the lighting facts label to make sure the product is the right brightness and color for the intended location. When chosen carefully, LED replacement products are a far superior option.

Holiday Lights

LEDs consume far less electricity than incandescent bulbs, and decorative LED light strings, such as Christmas tree lights, are no different. Not only do LED holiday lights consume less electricity, they also have the following advantages:

  • Safer: LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burned fingers.
  • Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.
  • Longer lasting: The same LED string could still be in use 40 holiday seasons from now.
  • Easier to install: Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.

Estimated cost of electricity to light a six-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days

Estimated cost* of buying and operating lights for 10 holiday seasons

*Assumes 50 C-9 bulbs and 200 mini-lights per tree, with electricity at $0.119 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) (AEO 2012 Residential Average). Prices of lights based on quoted prices for low volume purchases from major home improvement retailers. All costs have been discounted at an annual rate of 5.6 percent. Life span assumed to be three seasons (1,500 hours) for non-LED lights.

Information provided by U.S. Department of Energy