City Reduces Sports Field Lighting Fixtures by 50%
City leaders in Vestavia Hills, Ala., report that replacement of outdated lighting with highly efficient illumination at the city’s sports fields, pool and tennis courts is generating a nearly 50 percent decrease in energy usage. Leaders anticipate that the more efficient lighting systems could potentially reduce maintenance costs by up to $5,000 a month.
Prior to the upgrades, some of the city’s outdated fixtures were nearly 30 years old. With better concentrated lighting a result of the upgrades, the city has been able to reduce the number of fixtures from 1,400 to more than 700. The city’s limited maintenance staff, previously required to visit each park on a schedule to turn the lights on and off, now uses automated controls on the new lighting system to complete the job remotely, saving manpower and electricity.
The city funded the improvements with an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Trane, which allowed it to use future energy and operational savings to finance the infrastructure improvements up front with no capital outlay.
Trane presented the city with its “Energy Efficiency Leader Award” earlier this month (pictured).
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