Albany, NY (PRWEB) October 09, 2012
Price Chopper, a chain of 128 grocery stores in six states throughout the Northeast, is saving nearly $64,000 per year in total lighting costs after an energy-efficient SmartLighting installation in their freezer warehouse in Rotterdam, NY. SmartLighting offers the cold storage industry’s most intelligent lighting solution, and this installation has shown an immediate savings of 72 percent in lighting energy usage.
“In 2011 we saved customers in the worldwide cold storage industry approximately $1.5 million in annual energy costs,” said Chris Covell, President of SmartWatt Energy. “It was great to work with such a prominent, locally-based customer completely committed to energy efficiency. They’re true leaders in facility-wide sustainability initiatives.”
SmartWatt Energy conducted a construction-grade energy audit of the facility, including: ice cream and frozen food freezer space, loading docks, mechanical and electrical spaces, then engineered a SmartLighting plan to replace the existing lighting system with energy-efficient Albeo LED lighting in the freezer space and loading docks and T-8 fluorescent lighting in the mechanical and electrical spaces, while adding a Daintree Networks’ ControlScopeTM wireless control system. The Albeo H-Series fixture, a recent recipient of the 2012 Next Generation Luminaries “Best in Class High Bay, indoor category” Award sponsored by the US Department of Energy, was chosen by SmartWatt Energy for their superior performance in cold storage applications. The ControlScopeTM system was chosen because of its ability to integrate with the LED and fluorescent fixtures and provide advanced, centralized controls that could be installed and managed easily.
“This project will have many positive impacts—employees will be able to see better, productivity enhanced, energy savings, reduced maintenance costs and more,” said Benny Smith, Vice President of Facilities for Price Chopper. “We were amazed at how quick the SmartWatt Energy team performed the installation! No doubt, their experience working in cold storage environments was key to a very successful installation. Choosing SmartWatt Energy for this project was the best decision for Price Chopper; we hope to work with them on future projects.”
The SmartLighting installation is designed to remove pollutants from the air and is estimated to have the same effect on the environment as removing 533,513 pounds of greenhouse gases or the equivalent of planting 52 acres of trees, according to U.S. Environmental Protection agency calculations.
ABOUT SMARTWATT ENERGY, INC.
SmartWatt Energy, Inc., is a leading nationwide provider of turnkey energy-efficiency solutions for utilities, commercial and industrial customers. They are dedicated to lowering the operational costs of businesses through demand-side energy-reduction strategies and specialize in streamlining energy efficiency projects for national accounts. SmartWatt Energy provides whole-building energy assessments and implements lighting retrofits, variable-frequency drive upgrades, control system enhancements, HVAC upgrades and other mechanical enhancements. Their turnkey energy-efficiency solutions include: construction-grade energy audits, value-engineered designs, self-performed installations, utility incentive procurement, facilitation of EPAct 2005 tax deductions and maintenance support. For more information, visit http://www.smartwattinc.com.
ABOUT ALBEO TECHNOLOGIES
Albeo Technologies is a leading LED Lighting manufacturer for industrial and commercial buildings, such as cold storage, data centers, retail, schools and commercial buildings. The Albeo products range from high bay and low bay solutions, to linear, surface mount and under cabinet fixtures. The company has lit over 8 million square-feet of space to date and won 16 independently-judged awards, including 6 from the US Department of Energy (DOE). Albeo’s fully customizable, reliable and low-maintenance LED lighting products offer energy savings up to 95% and an ROI of 1-3 years. For more information, please visit http://www.albeotech.com.
ABOUT DAINTREE NETWORKS, INC.
Daintree Networks is revolutionizing the way commercial buildings intelligently manage and reduce their energy use. Daintree provides the industry’s leading wireless lighting controls solution, delivering substantial energy efficiency improvements and occupant-friendly work environments, all in a more cost-effective way than ever before.
Since its founding in 2003, Daintree Networks has been a pioneer in wireless mesh networking, with nearly 400 customers using its industry-standard design verification and operational support tool. The company has brought this extensive experience to bear in developing the market’s first truly open and interoperable platform for wireless lighting controls. For more information, visit http://www.daintree.net.