Our decision to go with LumiGrow was based on two factors: cost and light quality. With the LumiGrow solution, we get the best of both worlds.
Novato, CA (PRWEB) December 06, 2011
LumiGrow, Inc. (http://www.lumigrow.com), the leading provider of smart horticultural lighting, today announced that the University of Wyoming (UW) is retrofitting a research greenhouse with energy-efficient LumiGrow lighting fixtures. In replacing conventional 600-Watt high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps with LumiGrow LED-based systems, UW will reduce lighting-related energy consumption and costs by half.
LumiGrow estimates that the UW greenhouse retrofit will save more than 13,000 kilowatt-hours of power and avoid the emission of 29,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. Additionally, the LED lighting manufacturer projects that this energy savings will translate into $5,666 in electrical bill savings, based on Rocky Mountain Power’s current rate of 4.2 cents per kilowatt-hour and not adjusted for possible rate increases, over the LED lights’ 10-year lifespan.
“Our decision to go with LumiGrow was based on two factors: cost and light quality,” said UW Greenhouse Operations Manager Casey Seals. He continued, “With the LumiGrow solution, we get the best of both worlds.”
LumiGrow LED fixtures pay for themselves in electrical bill savings, last ten times longer than conventional lights and eliminate the need for frequent bulb replacement. Unlike HID and fluorescent fixtures, RoHS-compliant LumiGrow systems do not release mercury and other toxins into the environment.
UW’s greenhouses are the site of leading research in agroecology, crop science, entomology, plant pathology, soil science and weed science. The 40-year-old greenhouse complex benefits from recent energy conservation measures including exhaust fan and control system upgrades and the installation of translucent polycarbonate covers.
The greenhouse lighting retrofit is part of a campus-wide sustainability initiative. UW President Buchanan is an American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment signee, committing UW to reducing carbon emissions over the coming decades, and to eventually becoming carbon neutral.
“University of Wyoming is maximizing financial and environmental returns by focusing efficiency efforts on its greenhouses, which are among the biggest energy users on campus,” said Kevin Wells, founder and CEO, LumiGrow.
About LumiGrow, Inc.
LumiGrow, Inc., the leader in smart horticultural lighting, enables commercial growers and agribusinesses to reduce energy costs, achieve operational efficiencies and improve crop yield. LumiGrow offers a range of third-party proven solutions for use in greenhouses, controlled environment agriculture and scientific research chambers. LumiGrow solutions are eligible for energy efficiency subsidies from Pacific Gas & Electric, Puget Sound Energy and other utilities. The Company’s 500 commercial and institutional customers include Dow AgroSciences, Duke University and the USDA. Headquartered in Novato, California, LumiGrow is privately owned and operated. For more information, call (800) 514-0487 or visit http://www.lumigrow.com.
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