Scranton, PA—October 15, 2012—Keyco, a privately owned wholesale distributor of grocery products, is expected to save $31,000 per year in total lighting costs after an energy-efficient SmartLighting installation in their distribution warehouse in Hanover Township, PA. Keyco chose energy efficiency experts SmartWatt Energy, an energy efficiency firm located in Scranton, PA for the upgrade, which has shown an immediate savings of 78 percent in lighting energy usage.
This project came with an incentive from UGI utilities equal to $45,794, which is the first rebate check of its kind through UGI’s voluntary Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program for commercial and industrial customers. This program provides incentives of up to 80% for qualified energy-efficiency improvements at customer’s facilities. Indoor and outdoor lighting is included on the incentive list, in addition to occupancy sensors, motor upgrades and HVAC upgrades.
"The Keyco lighting retrofit is a prime example of the type of project that meets the requirements of UGI’s Commercial and Industrial Custom program criteria and provides significant benefits to the customer in terms of energy and cost savings. This is exactly what UGI had in mind when we voluntarily filed our Energy Efficiency & Conservation ("EE&C") Plan with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission," said Brian Fitzpatrick, Manager - Energy Efficiency Programs at UGI Utilities. "Energy savings projects like these not only provide the direct benefits to the customer, but also indirect benefits to all consumers. These indirect benefits include less stress on the environment due to less electricity generatoin and this reduced electricity generation in turn puts downward pressure on energy rates in general."
SmartWatt Energy conducted a construction-grade energy audit of the facility, including indoor and outdoor areas, then engineered a SmartLighting plan to replace the existing High Pressure Sodium and T-12 fluorescent lighting fixtures with energy-efficient T-8 fluorescent and LED lighting fixtures. Members of the media and Representative Gerald Mullery were invited to Keyco for the check presentation at an event held October 10th.
"We’re happy to help launch UGI’s voluntary Energy Efficiency & Conservation Program for commercial and industrial customers like Keyco," said Tony Acernese, General Manager-Scranton Office of SmartWatt Energy. "Keyco has demonstrated leadership in energy efficiency in this region and it was a pleasure to work with them."
The SmartLighting installation is designed to remove pollutants from the air and is estimated to have the same effect on the environment as removing 475,976 pounds of greenhouse gases or the equivalent of saving 28,847 gallons of gasoline each year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection agency calculations.
ABOUT SMARTWATT ENERGY, INC.
SmartWatt Energy, Inc., is a leading nationwide provider of turnkey energy-efficiency solutions for utilities, commercial and industrial customers. They are dedicated to lowering the operational costs of businesses through demand-side energy-reduction strategies and specialize in streamlining energy efficiency projects for national accounts. SmartWatt Energy provides whole-building energy assessments and implements lighting retrofits, variable-frequency drive upgrades, control system enhancements, HVAC upgrades and other mechanical enhancements. Their turnkey energy-efficiency solutions include: construction-grade energy audits, value-engineered designs, self-performed installations, utility incentive procurement, facilitation of EPAct 2005 tax deductions and maintenance support.