Russellville, AR (PRWEB) August 03, 2011
SmartWatt Energy recently completed a LED lighting retrofit at Americold’s temperature-controlled storage facility in Russellville, AR. The project generates higher quality lighting while reducing overall lighting-related energy consumption by 690,000 kWh—this is equivalent to removing over 95 cars from Arkansas roadways.
Not only has Americold generated better lighting with significant, ongoing cost savings, these upgrades to its lighting system are also eligible for incentive payments from Entergy Arkansas, Inc.’s Large Commercial & Industrial Standard Offer Program. The Commercial & Industrial SOP Program offers financial support in the form of a rebate to companies seeking energy efficiency upgrade projects.
Given SmartWatt Energy’s emphasis on preservation of the environment, Americold selected SmartWatt Energy as a partner in reducing energy consumption. “This project allows Americold to operate more efficiently—we take a value-engineered approach to our lighting designs, which allows for maximum energy savings and utility rebates,” explained Tarek El-Gohary, Vice President of East Coast Operations for SmartWatt Energy.
“Sustainability is important to us,” said Fred Walker, Americold’s Vice President of Engineering. “The ability to reduce costs and reduce greenhouse emissions is a key reason we chose SmartWatt Energy for multiple facilities nationwide.”
ABOUT SMARTWATT ENERGY, INC.
SmartWatt Energy, Inc., is a leading nationwide provider of turnkey energy-efficiency solutions. SmartWatt Energy is dedicated to lowering businesses’ operational costs through demand-side energy-reduction strategies. SmartWatt Energy provides whole building energy assessments and implements lighting retrofits, variable-frequency drive upgrades and control system enhancements to help commercial, industrial, government and utility customers meet their sustainability goals. SmartWatt Energy’s energy-efficiency services include construction-grade energy audits, value-engineered designs, self-performed installations, utility incentive procurement, facilitation of EPAct 2005 tax deductions and maintenance support.
Americold is the global leader in temperature controlled warehousing and logistics to the food industry, offering the most comprehensive warehousing, transportation, and logistics solutions in the world. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Americold owns and operates 182 temperature-controlled warehouses, with over 1.1 billion cubic feet of storage, in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Argentina and Canada. Americold’s warehouses are an integral component of the supply chain connecting food producers, processors, distributors and retailers to customers. Americold serves over 3,000 customers and employs 12,000 associates worldwide.
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