Pueblo, CO (PRWEB) January 16, 2014
Southern Colorado Eye Care has dramatically reduced its energy usage as a result of energy-efficient lighting upgrades at two of its clinics in Pueblo and Canon City, CO. The lighting upgrades, completed by SmartWatt Energy through the Black Hills Energy Small & Medium Business Direct Install Program, have reduced Southern Colorado Eye Care Associates’ energy consumption by 30,060 kWh.
SmartWatt conducted an energy evaluation of all lighting systems in two of Southern Colorado Eye Care Associates’ clinics and then engineered a solution to replace the existing lighting systems with high-efficiency fluorescents and LEDs throughout interior and exterior areas. In addition to a dramatic improvement in lighting quality and quantity, the new lighting systems have resulted in $328 in monthly energy savings and a Black Hills Energy incentive of $5,412.
The Black Hills Energy Small & Medium Business Direct Install Program provides an incentive of up to 60 percent to help businesses with an average demand use of 350 kW or less per month conduct energy-efficiency upgrades. SmartWatt, the contractor administering the program, provides a free energy evaluation, recommended energy-efficiency upgrades and interest-free financing for the businesses’ remaining portion of the costs.
ABOUT SMARTWATT ENERGY, INC.
SmartWatt Energy is a unique energy-efficiency firm. It provides turnkey solutions for utilities, commercial, industrial and institutional clients and also develops proprietary software that streamlines internal workflow processes and provides comprehensive program reporting. SmartWatt’s three divisions use cutting-edge technologies, design and processes to take on and solve their client’s toughest sustainability challenges:
•The Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Division works with end-use clients throughout the United States to design and install multi-measure energy-efficiency projects. Clients look to SmartWatt to provide large-scale savings through turnkey energy auditing, engineering, project management and installation services.
•The Utility Division contracts directly with utilities to manage their commercial energy efficiency programs. SmartWatt’s vertically integrated program delivery platform ensures utility program success and client satisfaction, because all elements of the utility program are handled by a talented, integrated, cross-functional team.
•The Software Development Division creates customized, proprietary software applications to increase efficiencies and provide added value to utilities and national accounts clients.
SmartWatt has won an Inc. magazine “Hire Power” award and has been named the “5th Fastest Growing Private Engineering Company in the United States” on the magazine’s annual 5000 list. For more information, visit http://www.smartwattinc.com.
ABOUT BLACK HILLS ENERGY COLORADO ELECTRIC
Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Company, LP d/b/a Black Hills Energy serves 94,000 electric customers in 21 southeastern Colorado communities. Black Hills Energy is a subsidiary of Black Hills Corp., a diversified energy company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Black Hills Corp. is based in Rapid City, S.D., with corporate offices in Denver and Papillion, Neb. Black Hills Corp. serves 769,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, and its non-regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity and produce natural gas, oil and coal. Black Hills' 1,925 employees partner to produce results that are improving life with energy. More information is available at http://www.blackhillsenergy.com.