The Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce Receives $1,730 Rebate from Black Hills Energy for Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

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The Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce received a $1,730 rebate from Black Hills Energy and is saving approximately $98 per month in energy costs after upgrading to energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting at its office in Pueblo. The lighting upgrades were completed by SmartWatt Energy, Inc., through the Black Hills Energy Small & Medium Business Direct Install Program.

The Black Hills Energy Small & Medium Business Direct Install Program has helped significantly reduce our energy usage and costs!

The Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce received a $1,730 rebate from Black Hills Energy and is saving approximately $98 per month in energy costs after upgrading to energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting at its office in Pueblo. The lighting upgrades were completed by SmartWatt Energy, Inc., through the Black Hills Energy Small & Medium Business Direct Install Program.

This program helps businesses with an average demand use of 350 kW or less per month become more energy efficient. As administrator and implementation contractor for the program, SmartWatt Energy provides a free energy evaluation and interest-free financing, while Black Hills Energy pays up to 60 percent of the installation costs.

“The Black Hills Energy Small & Medium Business Direct Install Program has helped significantly reduce our energy usage and costs,” said Sandy Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of the Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce. “We are thrilled to be able to refer our members to the program so that they can enjoy the same opportunities.”

SmartWatt Energy performed an energy evaluation of all lighting systems at the Latino Chamber’s offices, then proposed a plan to replace the existing fluorescent and metal halide lighting fixtures with high-efficiency fluorescents in interior areas and LEDs throughout exterior areas. These lighting upgrades are expected to pay for themselves in only 11 months. This energy savings project, designed to remove pollutants from the air, is expected to provide the same benefit to the environment as planting 153 trees, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations.

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 Energy’s three divisions use cutting-edge technologies, design and processes to take on and solve their customer’s toughest sustainability challenges:

  • The Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Division works with end-use customers throughout the United States to design and install multi-measure energy-efficiency projects. National clients look to SmartWatt to provide large-scale savings through energy auditing, engineering, project management and installation services.
  • The Utility Division contracts directly with utility companies to manage their commercial energy efficiency programs. SmartWatt’s vertically integrated program delivery platform ensures utility program success and customer 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 customers.

SmartWatt Energy 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.

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