Chicago, IL (PRWEB) January 15, 2013
ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston/RDO, a leading producer of frozen and prepared potato and vegetable products for the foodservice and retail industries, is expected to save $174,966 per year in energy costs as the result of a lighting upgrade completed by SmartWatt Energy at their processing plant in Park Rapids, MN.
As part of a company-wide strategy to reduce energy consumption and achieve ENERGY STAR certification, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston/RDO was interested in exploring potential lighting energy-savings opportunities. SmartWatt Energy conducted a construction-grade energy audit of the facility, then engineered a plan to replace the plant’s existing 1,266 Metal Halide and T-12 Fluorescent lighting fixtures. LED High Bays were installed throughout the plant’s freezer warehouse, while T-8 Fluorescent lighting fixtures were installed in processing, packaging, storage, office, maintenance and loading dock areas.
The new energy-efficient lighting will reduce the company’s energy consumption by more than 2,200,000 kWh per year. As part of their turnkey service, SmartWatt Energy was also able to secure a utility incentive of $63,446, reducing ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston/RDO’s payback period for the project to less than two years.
The lighting upgrade is designed to remove pollutants from the air and is estimated to have the same effect on the environment as removing 3,441,615 pounds of Carbon Dioxide, which is equivalent to planting 504 acres of trees or removing 325 vehicles from the road each year.
ABOUT SMARTWATT ENERGY, INC.
SmartWatt Energy, Inc., is a leading nationwide provider of turnkey energy-efficiency solution 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 measures. Their turnkey 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. For more information, visit http://www.smartwattinc.com.