These lighting projects presented a great opportunity to utilize new, energy savings technologies and further our efforts to protect the environment and the local communities that support us
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) March 26, 2013
Blue Diamond Growers, the largest almond processor in the world, is saving more than $153,000 per year in energy costs as the result of a state-of-the-art SmartLighting upgrade completed by SmartWatt Energy at processing plants in Sacramento and Salida, CA. SmartLighting combines the most technologically advanced lighting and lighting control systems available to achieve the greatest possible energy savings. This installation has shown an immediate reduction of 84 percent in lighting energy usage.
“Blue Diamond is committed to sustainability and continuous improvement throughout our operations,” said Geoff Pyka, Blue Diamond Growers Environmental Project Engineer. “These lighting projects presented a great opportunity to utilize new, energy saving technologies and further our efforts to protect the environment and the local communities that support us.”
SmartWatt Energy conducted a construction-grade energy audit of the two processing plants, then engineered a plan to replace the 1,072 existing Metal Halide lighting fixtures with LEDs throughout processing, refrigerated and freezer warehouse, distribution and loading dock areas. SmartWatt Energy also integrated a wireless mesh network control system, which gave Blue Diamond Growers advanced and centralized control of all of their facilities’ lighting systems. These SmartLighting solutions came with utility incentives of $341,518, reducing Blue Diamond Growers payback period for the project to approximately 2 years.
The new energy-efficient lighting systems installed by SmartWatt Energy will save 1,749,40 kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to removing 2,624,609 pounds of Carbon Dioxide from the environment or planting 386 acres of trees, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations.
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.