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Werner Co Led Lighting Project By Fairbanks Energy 5f1849500f764

Lighting Retrofit Provides Savings for Manufacturing Facility

Aug. 3, 2020
The project has lowered the international manufacturer’s power usage at this site by an estimated 1,473,000kWh, totaling an estimated $156,000 in annual savings.

Fairbanks Energy Services, a design/build energy efficiency firm and developer of commercial and industrial (C&I) projects, recently announced the completion of an interior LED lighting retrofit project at one of WernerCo’s job-site equipment manufacturing facilities, located in Illinois. The project has lowered the international manufacturer’s power usage at this site, totaling an estimated $156,000 in annual savings.

The company designed this upgrade with three goals in mind:

  1. Improve sustainability, one of WernerCo’s core corporate values.
  2. Reduce energy use and solve light level issues to improve safety onsite.
  3. Lower annual operational expenditure on energy for the 24/7 facility.

Partnering with Crescent Electrical Supply, East Dubuque, Ill., the design company faced low light levels, aging building infrastructure, and some existing lighting issues while designing a turnkey project. Additionally, it planned to achieve a payback period of under two years to improve the Midwestern facility’s efficiency.

Installed across the 500,000-sq-ft property, the LED lighting solutions are estimated to lower annual energy use by 1,473,000kWh. Of the 1,750 lights installed, more than 900 were high-bay fixtures, set to a variety of lumen outputs based on their ceiling heights and work areas. Additionally, this project increased light levels in the production area by 60%, while decreasing energy use from lighting by 60% and resulting in a 1.6-yr payback.

“We are excited to see the visual and economic results of this sustainability project already making a difference,” says Lisa Urbina, maintenance lead at WernerCo. “With 24/7 production at this site, we needed specific light levels to create a safe and productive working environment. The Fairbanks Energy team designed the right LED lighting project that delivered on the requirements from both finance and operations teams.”