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Alabama School System Reduces Energy Costs 22%

Linda Hardesty

Limestone County School System in Alabama hired Schneider Electric to conduct energy upgrades to all of its 14 campuses in the county. The school system will set the state standard for energy efficiency, as the project will reduce utility costs for the system by 22 percent. The majority of the funding for the renovations will   …Continue Reading


Ace Hardware Deploys Digital Lumens LED System

Linda Hardesty

Ace Hardware upgraded the lighting in areas of its 1-million-sq-foot Rocklin, Calif., retail support center to the Digital Lumens’ Intelligent LED Lighting System, and since implementing the upgrade in October 2013, Ace Hardware saved an average of 81 percent on its lighting-related energy use. According to Ace Hardware, lighting is its single biggest energy warehousing   …Continue Reading


Cree Invests $83M in Lextar

Linda Hardesty

Cree is making an $83 million investment in Taiwan-based Lextar Electronics, and the companies will enter into a supply agreement for sapphire-based LED chips. Upon closing of the investment, Cree will own about 13 percent of Lextar. The companies say Lextar has established a strong technology position and customer base in the mid-power backlighting LED   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Programs Saves New Jersey School District $1M a Year

Karen Henry

Honeywell is leading an energy savings improvement program for New Jersey-based Hillsborough Township Public Schools to help boost energy efficiency in the district’s facilities. When complete, the upgrades are expected to cut the district’s energy use by almost 50 percent and reduce the school district’s annual operating costs by about $1 million. The school district will   …Continue Reading


Schneider Wins Energy Upgrade Contract for 27 School Sites

Linda Hardesty

Vista Unified School District became the third of San Diego County’s 42 school districts to have its Proposition 39 Energy Expenditure Plan approved by the California Energy Commission. Vista Unified School District will receive $4.7 million that will be used for a variety of energy efficiency retrofits including heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) replacements, programmable   …Continue Reading


Manufacturer Saves 50% on Energy with LED Retrofit

Linda Hardesty

Badger Meter – a manufacturer of fluid flow measurement and control products – completed a retrofit that replaced nearly 8,500 fluorescent lamps with LED products across various operations in its 315,000-sq-foot manufacturing and office facility in Milwaukee, Wis. The company wanted to save energy but also increase light levels for its nearly 500 employees in   …Continue Reading


Navigant: Falling LED Prices to Accelerate Adoption in Parking Lots, Outdoor Systems

Kirsten Korosec

As prices fall, the business case for replacing fluorescent, high-pressure sodium and metal halide lamps with LED lighting in outdoor systems will become more compelling, according to a report by Navigant Research. The report, “Outdoor and Parking Lighting Systems,” forecasts that worldwide revenue from LED lighting for outdoor and parking applications will grow from $921 million   …Continue Reading


Mauna Kea Resort Lands Incentives for LED Lighting Retrofits

Kirsten Korosec

Mauna Kea Resort received $81,874 in financial incentives from Hawaii Energy for installing energy-efficient LED lighting.  The incentives were split between two facilities—$54,870 for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and $26,914 for Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The funds will be used to offset the cost of replacing older incandescent lights, halogens and fluorescent tube lights with LEDs.    …Continue Reading


Massachusetts Town Reduces Annual Electricity Use by 14%

Karen Henry

Constellation and the Town of Essex, Mass., completed an energy-efficient lighting project designed to reduce the town’s electricity consumption by an estimated 85,266 kWh annually—more than 14 percent of the town’s usage. Energy-efficient lighting was installed in Essex’s town hall, police and fire station, senior center, water filtration plant and department of public works facility.   …Continue Reading


Las Vegas Sands Properties Reduced Electricity Consumption by 47.3M kWh in 2013

Karen Henry

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) Corporation released “Behind the Scenes: 2013 Sands ECO 360° Report,” an environmental impact report detailing the company’s green building approach, environmentally responsible operations, sustainable meetings program and stakeholder engagement initiatives. The report highlighted the following sustainability accomplishments among its properties and employees: One hundred and twenty sustainability-focused ideas were collected through LVS’   …Continue Reading


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