For nearly 20 years, Eco Engineering has supported Siemens Building Technologies (SBT) by providing energy-efficient lighting system upgrades as part of more than 50 of their energy savings performance contracts nationally. West Virginia University is a long-tenured SBT client, working with them across a range of mechanical system projects, including lighting. Eco Engineering has designed and installed multiple lighting system upgrade projects for Siemens at West Virginia University. The most recent was at the Health Sciences campus and other ancillary buildings in Morgantown, West Virginia.
The Health Sciences campus in Morgantown is the largest concentration of health care, research, and health professions resources in the state of West Virginia. It is home to more than 1,000 faculty members and 4,000 students. The University was seeking multiple avenues to make the WVU Medicine hospitals, clinics, and research labs at this campus more energy efficient. Similarly, they wanted to reduce energy costs in a set of facilities on the Evansdale and Downtown campuses by upgrading the lighting systems. In total, 12 facilities across the three campuses were targeted for energy improvements.
The project was initiated with an investment-grade audit of the lighting systems primarily at the Health Sciences campus in Morgantown. The design and installation strategy entailed maximizing the energy savings by upgrading the lighting systems to LED technology using new fixtures, retrofitted components, and occupancy controls. Siemens Building Technologies partnered with Eco Engineering for the audit, design and implementation phases of the lighting system upgrade and used these energy savings to fund other, necessary and more costly mechanical system upgrades.
The energy saved from installing the new lighting system is the equivalent of removing 1,048 cars from the road annually. Other benefits from the new lighting system include:
- Equal or better color rendering for increased visual clarity and comfort
- Created a more pleasing and productive work environment
- Eliminated fluorescent ballast noise and lamp flickering
Over the next 10 years, the lighting portion of their energy bill will be reduced by 62%.
- Forecasted Energy Savings: $5,700,000 over the next 10 years.
The design and installation strategy entailed maximizing the energy savings by upgrading the lighting systems to LED technology using new fixtures, retrofitted components, and occupancy controls.
Westview School Corporation is a highly-rated, public school district located in Topeka, IN. Across 5 core educational buildings in the district, approximately 2,200 students are enrolled in grades K-12. Through a transparent, competitive selection process, the school corporation awarded a multimillion-dollar energy savings performance contract to Performance Services, an energy services company (ESCO) based in Indiana.
The district wanted to implement an improved visual experience across their facilities while also reducing energy and maintenance expenses. Performance Services, who had implemented an energy savings project for the district in the past, sought out Eco Engineering to assist with the lighting system upgrade. The Performance Services team called upon our team to design and install a lighting system that would meet the needs of Westview School Corporation within the budget allocated.
The energy efficient lighting project converted existing interior and exterior lighting to LED technology in the district’s junior-senior high school, four elementary schools, and administrative facilities. Full dimming controls were installed in classrooms to provide an enhanced learning environment for the students. Similar controls were deployed in the gymnasiums to enable settings that matched the range of events held in that type of venue. Additionally, occupancy sensors were installed in bathrooms, hallways, conference rooms, offices, and other areas to reduce lighting usage when the areas are unoccupied. The energy savings and reduced maintenance costs objectives for this project were realized, and the overall quality of light across these district buildings was enhanced.
In addition to improving the quality of the lighting throughout each of the upgraded buildings, the system was responsible for significant energy savings for Westview School Corporation.
- Reduced Energy Consumption: 1,519,389 kWh in the first year.
The project met all detailed requirements needed for qualification of a substantial rebate from NIPSCO and LaGrange Country REMC, the local utility providers. The $92,000 rebate reduced the district’s payback period on the lighting investment
- Annual Energy Savings: $85,100
- Sustained Annual Maintenance Savings: $16,500
The energy savings and reduced maintenance costs objectives for this project were realized, and the overall quality of light across these district buildings was enhanced.
The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, also known as the Lima Army Tank Plant (LATP), is a tank plant located in Lima, Ohio. It is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility currently operated by General Dynamics Land Systems. Built in the 1940’s, this premiere industrial facility is capable of manufacturing, repairing, refurbishing, and testing a full spectrum of combat vehicles and defense systems.
As the largest energy consumer in the United States, the U.S. federal government is working hard to reduce energy usage in its facility portfolio. Similarly, the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center sought to reduce the energy consumed at its campus in Lima, OH. The objective for this project was to source and address areas that were operating inefficiently, and Siemens Government Technologies was enlisted to design and implement energy savings projects involving all forms of energy consumption. Facility lighting was included in the scope of this project as it presents a significant opportunity to reduce both energy consumption and maintenance expenses. Additionally, it was generally agreed upon that the entire complex needed improved lighting quality.
Siemens Government Technologies partnered with lighting specialist Eco Engineering to audit, design, and implement phases of the lighting system. In this project, installation was challenging given the need to upgrade lighting systems in an active production environment. Our design for the energy-efficient lighting replacement system primarily incorporated LED high bay fixtures. These fixtures were designed to better distribute light at a lower operating cost while utilizing an advanced lighting control system with wireless intelligent sensors. The sensors were equipped to gather, interpret, and distribute lighting & energy usage data to a central control module. The control system constructed specific light profiles for each fixture in each work area and allowed for local and remote access for altering the lighting and energy profiles.
The upgraded lighting system delivered exceptional results in terms of energy savings. The system itself saved enough energy to be equivalent to removing 15.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere.
- Annual Demand Reduction: >17,000 kW
- Estimated Annual Consumption Savings: 10,135,223
The financial benefits of the new lighting system are significant and will save hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.
- $48,142 in reduced energy costs
- $5,718 reduced maintenance cost
- Total annual energy savings $577,000
The control system constructed specific light profiles for each fixture in each work area and allowed for local and remote access for altering the lighting and energy profiles.
One of America’s largest municipalities, the city of Cincinnati is steeped in tradition and history dating back to the 1790s. The city is home to some of the most unique architecture in the country, and preservation has long been a Cincinnati hallmark. In recent years, Cincinnati has turned to using modern technology to improve the overall community.
A community-wide green initiative was endorsed by the city council and a comprehensive contract was awarded to Honeywell Energy Services to design and implement energy savings projects among city-owned properties. Outdoor lighting, especially street lighting, was quickly identified as a significant opportunity to save energy, and with it came the potential to reduce city maintenance expenses. Beyond that, improved lighting quality also carried strong safety implications for the community.
Honeywell partnered with Eco Engineering to audit, design, and implement the outdoor lighting system. We retrofitted nearly 50 different types of outdoor lamps, using only 12, standardized LED technologies. This project included developing customized street lamps and components to fit historical, antique, and decorative fixtures throughout the city. The lighting project spanned parks, recreation centers, and overpass/underpass lighting. This aspect presented a notable challenge given that many of the spaces that needed new lighting systems were “always on,” and implementations needed to cater to that environment.
The LED solution deployed lamps rated for over 100,000 hours of use, with 10-year warranties that guaranteed enhanced brightness and more consistent performance from street lights over a longer period of time. The resulting maintenance savings were significant.
This project for the City of Cincinnati resulted in impressive energy savings that equated to removing 4.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere.
- Forecasted Annual Demand Reductions: > 9,017 kW in the first year.
- Annual Consumption Savings: 3,126,204 kWh
The new lighting system offered substantial financial benefits for the city, resulting in hundreds of thousands saved annually
- Forecasted $13,000 energy saved per month
- $4,000 maintenance expenses saved per month
- Total annual energy savings >$204,000
This project included developing customized street lamps and components to fit historical, antique, and decorative fixtures throughout the city.
Covington Independent Public Schools (CIPS) was the first district in Kentucky to exercise the new Kentucky Educational Development Cooperative (KEDC) Price Contract. This cooperative allows Kentucky schools to find the best partners to implement their comprehensive energy efficiency programs through a transparent, competitive selection process that guarantees the price of the project. CIPS awarded their multimillion-dollar project to Performance Services, an energy services company (ESCO) based in Indiana.
As Covington Independent Public Schools faced ever-increasing budget cuts, they had to find new ways to reduce their spending, and one of the easiest ways for them to reduce their spending was to improve their energy efficiency. This objective created a two-fold problem:
- First, they needed to find an energy-savings solution that was robust enough to meet their budgetary goals.
- Second, they wanted a system that would require very little maintenance and could be operated by a small maintenance team
With their requirements in hand, CIPS and Performance Services got to work, and they started by enlisting Eco Engineering to tackle energy waste in their lighting systems.
Eco Engineering audited, designed, and implemented a lighting plan that could meet the very specific criteria for their energy efficiency requirements. The design had three primary components.
- LED lights: Eco Engineering incorporated LED interior fixtures in multiple locations, including primary and secondary schools, administrative facilities, and the vocational center. These LED retrofits allowed them to substantially reduce their energy consumption.
- Occupancy sensors: Next, they put occupancy sensors in bathrooms, hallways, conference rooms, and cafeterias. These sensors automatically shut off the lighting when the space was unoccupied, ensuring that the building was not wasting energy by lighting empty rooms.
- Outdoor lighting: Finally, Eco Engineering addressed the exterior lighting throughout the district. This aspect of the project not only improved the energy efficiency of their outdoor lighting system, but it also improved the safety for CIPS students and faculty.
Eco Engineering was proud to partner with Performance Services to deliver high-quality results that reduced energy consumption, improved safety, and lowered maintenance costs for Covington Independent Public Schools.
CIPS’ new lighting system delivered substantial savings within the first year and set them up to carry those cost savings into the next decade.
- $91,000 in cost savings in the first year
- $24,900 in sustained annual maintenance costs
- Reduced energy consumption by 1,077,144 kWh in the first year
The updates to their lighting system allowed CIPS to meet specific requirements from their local energy provider, making them eligible for a substantial rebate.
- $292,000 rebate from Duke Energy
Eco Engineering addressed the exterior lighting throughout the district. This aspect of the project not only improved the energy efficiency of their outdoor lighting system, but it also improved the safety for CIPS students and faculty.
Cincinnati is one of America’s largest municipalities, and it is steeped in tradition and history dating back to the 1790s. The city center in Cincinnati is showcased by the Tyler Davidson fountain, a bronze statue gifted to the people of Cincinnati in 1881. The fountain and its surrounding square remain a central gathering place for the community. Recently preservation using modern technology has become a new municipal standard for the area.
When the city council endorsed a community-wide green initiative, the city began to evaluate ways they could improve their energy savings throughout all city-owned properties. Outdoor lighting, especially at Fountain Square, was quickly identified as a source where the city could both save energy and reduce city maintenance expenses. The fountain in Fountain Square utilized more than 65 high-wattage, incandescent flood lights. Aside from the energy drain of these lights, they output a tremendous amount of heat. As a result, the water from the fountain was needed to cool the fixtures. This meant that the display was inoperable during the winter months when the water was drained from the fountain to prevent damage from freezing. Moreover, since the floodlights were located beneath the water, they were prone to fixture corrosion, leaking, and electrical mishaps. Fountain Square needed a robust, long-term lighting solution that was not only energy efficient, but also maintained or improved the aesthetics of the surrounding area.
When the Cincinnati city council enlisted Eco Energy for this project, we quickly recognized that energy efficiency and aesthetics were not mutually exclusive. We replaced all existing lights with 90w LED color-changing floods with the ability to direct light – using fewer fixtures and less energy. Beyond that, we were able to address both their energy and aesthetic requirements with a single lighting system.
We enabled sixteen pre-programmed shows through the LED displays, changing colors for different seasons, holidays, and events. The LED solution deployed lamps rated for over 50,000 hours of use, capable of generating significant reductions in city maintenance expenses in addition to energy efficiency savings. The LED lights also maintained cooler temperatures so they could be used without the water, and by design, they were protected from leaking, corrosion, and electrical mishaps.
Energy savings weren’t the only impact of the new lighting system. The fountain became an instant social media sensation, and more foot-traffic began to frequent the square.
- The new lighting system is expected to reduce the lighting portion of the utility bill by 80%.
- Over $5,000 per year in material and labor expenses will be avoided by reduced maintenance.