Hy-Vee, Inc. Completes T-5 Fluorescent to LED Lighting Upgrade at Freezer Warehouse in Chariton, IA, Reduces Lighting Costs by 74%

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Hy-Vee, Inc., a Midwestern supermarket chain, has reduced lighting-related energy consumption by 74% in their Chariton, IA perishables distribution center’s freezer warehouse after a LED lighting upgrade installed by SmartWatt Energy. The new energy-efficient lighting system is expected to save the company $23,456 in annual energy costs.

Hy-Vee, Inc., a Midwestern supermarket chain, has reduced lighting-related energy consumption by 74% in their Chariton, IA perishables distribution center’s freezer warehouse after a LED lighting upgrade installed by SmartWatt Energy. The new energy-efficient lighting system is expected to save the company $23,456 in annual energy costs.

Hy-Vee is committed to promoting the well-being of their customers, employees and the local communities in which they operate through the implementation of energy and resource conservation initiatives. As part of these initiatives, the company was interested in pursuing opportunities to reduce their lighting energy consumption. SmartWatt Energy performed a construction-grade energy audit of the facility, and then engineered a plan to replace 209 T-5 Fluorescent lighting fixtures with 141 LED High Bays throughout the distribution center’s freezer warehouse. This lighting upgrade came with a utility incentive of $28,473, reducing Hy-Vee’s payback period for the project to approximately 35 months.

The new energy-efficient lighting system installed by SmartWatt Energy will save 469,128 kWh of electricity per year and, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations, will have the same effect on the environment as removing 703,692 pounds of Carbon Dioxide or planting 103 acres of trees.

ABOUT SMARTWATT ENERGY, INC.
SmartWatt Energy is a unique energy-efficiency firm, providing turnkey solutions for utilities, commercial, industrial and institutional clients, while developing proprietary software that streamlines internal workflow processes and provides comprehensive program reporting for our clients. SmartWatt Energy’s Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Division works with end-use customers throughout the United States to design and install multi-measure energy-efficiency projects. They specialize in large-scale rollouts for national accounts clients and their turnkey offering includes energy auditing, engineering, project management and installation services. SmartWatt Energy’s Utility Division contracts directly with utilities to manage their commercial energy efficiency programs. To ensure utility program success and achieve customer satisfaction, SmartWatt Energy has developed a vertically-integrated program delivery platform where all elements of the utility program are handled by their talented, integrated, cross-functional team. SmartWatt Energy’s Software Development Division creates customized, proprietary software applications to increase efficiencies and provide added value to utilities and national accounts clients. Across Divisions, SmartWatt Energy’s team uses cutting-edge technologies, design and processes to take on and solve their customer’s toughest sustainability challenges. 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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