Nashua New Hampshire School District Completes New Lighting Project that Significantly Reduces Carbon Footprint

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Lighting project from Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) to save 80% in energy costs plus reduce energy consumption by over 190,000 kWh annually.

The school district is excited about the significant energy savings ... (and) the project reduces the district's overall carbon footprint by more than 260,000 lbs.

Leading Edge Design Group is pleased to announce the completion on a new lighting project at Nashua High School North and Nashua High School South, which is estimated to reduce the exterior lighting energy costs for those facilities by 80%. "The School District is excited about the significant energy savings we will achieve and the positive impact on our annual operational costs as a result of this initiative," said Lorne Swindell, Energy Manager for the Nashua, NH School District. "This is a project we have wanted to implement for a number of years and we are very pleased with the results that Leading Edge Design Group developed for us. The project also reduces the district’s overall carbon footprint by more than 260,000 lbs."

The project at the two high schools included retrofitting approximately 179 exterior roadway, parking lot, and pedestrian fixtures and replacing 136 exterior wall mounted fixtures. The existing lighting consists of legacy metal halide lamps and is being converted to LED technology. The benefit of replacing the existing system to LED is the reduction in overall operational costs in addition to the energy savings. LED lighting requires less maintenance due to the nature of the technology and it is more reliable and longer lasting than legacy systems.

The Nashua School District took advantage of a public service of New Hampshire program named "Smart Start" to pay for the project, so no tax dollars were spent upfront to fund the lighting replacement. The school district will instead pay for the upgrades from savings in its electrical bill, estimated to take as little as forty five months. Thereafter the monthly savings will be entirely kept by the school district. "This is a program we otherwise couldn’t afford to accomplish" said Shawn Smith, Director of Plant Operations. "It is a no-brainer and we intend to continue looking for opportunities that result in savings to our budget."

"One of the key objectives in this project was to reduce maintenance costs on these campuses," said Jay Boucher, principal, Leading Edge Design Group. "The annual reduction is significant. On average, the life span of LED products versus their existing technology is approximately 15 years longer. Also, LED technology provides a more uniform, aesthetically-pleasing light, which can contribute to providing an overall safer environment for students and staff. We are pleased to provide an energy solution that has numerous benefits."

About Leading Edge Design Group

Leading Edge Design Group is a leading national provider of energy optimization services that delivers significant energy savings to the public and private marketplaces through efficient data center designs and emerging LED lighting and wireless lighting control technologies. Founded in 2007 with the goal of pursuing, promoting, and providing the finest energy optimization solutions available, we help our customers minimize the environmental impact of their businesses while improving operational reliability and reducing costs. Leading Edge Design Group is dedicated to encouraging, challenging, and contributing to energy industry innovation with an ongoing commitment to our community and our environment. Visit us at, review our work in the photo gallery, and connect with us on Twitter @ledesigngroup.

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