SmartWatt Energy Helps Albany Medical Center Save More Than $200,000 in Annual Energy Costs With Lighting Retrofit
Albany, NY (PRWEB) February 21, 2012
Albany Medical Center, the only academic health sciences center in Eastern New York and Western New England is saving more than $ 200,000 per year in total utility costs after a lighting retrofit installed by SmartWatt Energy, a nationwide energy efficiency firm headquartered in Albany, NY. The new energy efficient lighting will save 2,006,283 kWh of electricity per year.
Albany Medical Center received a grant for $ 759,608 to fund this project under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which allowed the project to be completed with essentially no out of pocket cost. ARRA funding was established to save and create jobs, spur economic activity and encourage investments towards long-term growth in the United States. The Act provides funding for investments in infrastructure, education, health, and energy.
SmartWatt Energy conducted a construction-grade energy audit of various Albany Medical Center buildings throughout New Yorks Capital Region, including: clinics, garages, offices and teaching buildings, then engineered a solution to replace the existing High Intensity Discharge (HID) and T-12 fluorescent lighting system with an energy-efficient T-5 and T-8 fluorescent lighting system. T-12 fluorescent lighting will be phased out of production by July 2012, making the replacement a timely project.
Albany Medical Center was one of the largest projects weve completed here in the Capital District, and more indicative of the national accounts projects this office engineers throughout the country, explained Matt Sorbero, General Manager of SmartWatt Energys Albany, NY office. We expect to complete more comprehensive energy-efficiency projects of this magnitude in the area in 2012, since our mechanical engineering group is now headquartered in this office.
The Albany Medical Center energy savings project has removed pollutants from the air and will have the same effect on the environment as removing 3,046,931 pounds of Carbon Dioxide or planting 446 acres of trees. SmartWatt Energy has hired aggressively in the Capital District over the last year to support the increased demand for energy efficiency projects in the area.
ABOUT SMARTWATT ENERGY, INC.
SmartWatt Energy, Inc., is a leading nationwide provider of turnkey energy-efficiency solutions. SmartWatt Energy is dedicated to lowering businesses operational costs through energy-reduction strategies. SmartWatt Energy provides whole building energy assessments and implements lighting retrofits, VFD upgrades, control system enhancements, ECM upgrades, smart meter installations, and more to help commercial, industrial, government and utility customers meet their sustainability goals. SmartWatt Energys energy-efficiency services include construction-grade energy audits, value-engineered designs, self-performed installations, utility incentive procurement, facilitation of EPAct 2005 tax deductions and maintenance support. For more information, visit http://www.smartwattinc.com.