Mississippi State University Begins Major SmartLighting Sustainability Project Designed & Installed by SmartWatt Energy

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The project will remove more than 14,000 outdated T-12 and HID lamps throughout the campus and replace them with high-efficiency lighting and lighting controls technologies, which will allow the lighting to be automatically turned off when not in use.

Mississippi State University (MSU) will soon become a leading example of a sustainable campus. SmartWatt Energy has partnered with MSU to implement a large-scale energy efficient lighting and lighting control project, commonly referred to as SmartLighting. The project will remove more than 14,000 outdated T-12 and HID lamps throughout the campus and replace them with high-efficiency lighting and lighting controls technologies, which will allow the lighting to be automatically turned off when not in use. MSU’s goals are to improve interior lighting quality, while reducing energy consumption across facilities. The project will decrease air pollution and environmental damage, and will have the same affect on the environment as planting 866 acres of trees or removing 558 cars from the road each year.

"This initiative will have a tremendous impact on MSU’s environmental footprint and contribute immensely to their sustainability targets, saving over 3,900,000 kWh per year," explained Ben Stewart, Vice President at SmartWatt. "The upgrades will provide a better learning environment for students and faculty, decrease maintenance and reduce total lighting costs more than 66 percent."

SmartWatt provided an investment-grade lighting audit of campus facilities to prioritize the project rollout. The campus will upgrade eight buildings, which accounts for approximately one million square feet of space, in Phase One. Average annual energy savings are anticipated to be nearly $400,000, with annual maintenance savings projected to be more than $80,000. The entire $3.5 million Phase One project is self-funded and financed by the university through costs savings achieved from the improvements.

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 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 Energy to provide large-scale savings through turnkey energy auditing, engineering, project management and installation services.
  •     The Utility Programs Division contracts directly with utilities to manage their commercial energy efficiency programs. SmartWatt Energy’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 Energy has won two Inc. magazine "Hire Power" awards and has twice been named one of the "Fastest Growing Companies in the United States" on the magazine’s annual 5000 list. For more information, visit http://www.smartwattinc.com.

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