Onondaga County Water Authority Reduces Energy Consumption with The National Grid Small Business Services Program

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Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA) has reduced its energy usage and environmental impact by implementing energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting upgrades at 28 facilities throughout their four county water service area in Central New York. The lighting upgrades, completed by SmartWatt Energy via the National Grid Small Business Services Program, have reduced OCWA’s energy consumption by 167,807 kWh, which is equivalent to removing an estimated 261,019 pounds of carbon dioxide from the environment per year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations.

Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA) has reduced its energy usage and environmental impact by implementing energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting upgrades at 28 facilities throughout their four county water service area in Central New York. The lighting upgrades, completed by SmartWatt Energy via the National Grid Small Business Services Program, have reduced OCWA’s energy consumption by 167,807 kWh, which is equivalent to removing an estimated 261,019 pounds of carbon dioxide from the environment per year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations.

SmartWatt performed a complimentary energy analysis of all interior and exterior lighting, and proposed a plan to replace the existing inefficient lighting systems with energy-efficient fluorescent and LED lighting fixtures at 28 of OCWA’s facilities. In addition to substantial energy and maintenance cost savings, these lighting upgrades have resulted in a National Grid rebate of $40,036 and, according to National Grid, are expected to pay for themselves in approximately 20 months.

SmartWatt is the administrator and implementation contractor for National Grid's Small Business Services Program in Central and Northern New York. The National Grid Small Business Services Program helps businesses with an average peak demand of 100 kW or less per month conduct energy-efficient upgrade measures. Through this program, SmartWatt will provide a complimentary energy analysis, and National Grid will pay up to 70 percent of the installation costs completed by SmartWatt and finance the remaining amount interest-free for up to two years.

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’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 to provide large-scale savings through turnkey energy auditing, engineering, project management and installation services.
  • The Utility Division contracts directly with utilities to manage their commercial energy efficiency programs. SmartWatt’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 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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