Lighting & Energy Upgrade – LOS ANGELES, June, 2014 ( Solar Thermal Magazine ) – Los Angeles-based company, ReGreen, has successfully completed a campus-wide lighting and energy upgrade at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California and its satellite campuses. This project will save the college over $250,000 annually in utility expenses, reduce lighting-related energy consumption by 40%, and increase safety across the campus. The project also features the installation of controllable LED luminaires in the campus gym.
The use of intelligent LED technology combined with an advanced lighting control system is the first of its kind to be installed on a project of this type.
Awarded this contract, ReGreen was responsible for specifying and installing the most efficient, long-life, and up-to-date technologies, replacing existing outdated and inefficient light sources. As such, the campus’s upper parking structures were fitted with 50% LED dimming technology, while the lighting at all other campus parking lots were upgraded to new (non-dimming) LED luminaires for safety. New generation T8 lamps and LED recessed lights were also installed throughout the Santa Monica campus, as were occupancy sensors.
“We believe in offering sustainable solutions that not only provide our clients with great energy and financial savings, but also increased quality of life and productivity,” said Chad Clark, Director of Operations and Design at ReGreen.
As a result of the major upgrades carried out by ReGreen, the college’s CO2 output will be reduced by over 1,204 metric tons per year, which is equivalent to removing 253 gas vehicles from our roads. The upgrades will also serve to increase campus safety, thanks to the installation of high output luminaires with whiter light, and enhance the overall campus experience through the use of cutting-edge technology like the intelligent lighting in the gym.
In addition to utility savings of over $250,000, the Santa Monica College project qualified for a utility rebate of over $400,000, thus lowering its simple payback period to just 3 years. “Implementing sustainable solutions is smart business,” adds Clark “Now, Santa Monica College has met its lighting needs in an efficient and cost-effective manner for many years to come.”
Based in Los Angeles, CA, ReGreen specializes in Solar PV, Solar Thermal (hot water) and lighting, from design to installation, which serves to improve the environment for generations to come. ReGreen provides profitable solar energy and lighting solutions to home and commercial property owners while addressing the social equity, economic, and environmental factors. For more information about ReGreen, visit www.ReGreencorp.com or connect on Facebook and Twitter.
About Santa Monica College
Santa Monica College – a two-year community college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – opened in 1929 with just 153 students. It has now grown to a thriving campus with approximately 34,000 students and offerings in more than 80 fields of study.