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New Energy-Efficient Lighting in Physical Education Complex Earns Springfield College an $88,664 Rebate from WMECO

February 28, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Feb. 25, 2010 -- The Physical Education Complex at Springfield College is glowing with new energy-efficient lighting fixtures that earned the college an $88,664 retrofit rebate from Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO). The improvements will also save more than $30,000 in electricity costs each year.

John Mailhot, Springfield College vice president of administration and finance, accepted a check from Liz Albano, WMECO account executive, on Jan. 10, 2011, for a 50 percent rebate for the cost of replacing lighting in the complex. WMECO offered the conservation incentive for large lighting retrofit projects completed in 2010 that will achieve an annual electrical energy saving of at least 100,000 kilowatt hours (kWh).

“These lighting improvements are projected to save about 140,000 kWh annually,” Mailhot said. “Financially, they will pay for themselves in electricity usage savings in less than three years, and then will achieve ongoing savings; but, the greater investment is in the health of our planet.”

In Blake Arena, Dana Gym, Kresge Gym and the racquetball courts, new T-5 fluorescent lighting replaces metal halide lights. In the racquetball court alone, six lights replace seven, saving energy while more than quadrupling the lighting level. New fluorescent lighting fixtures were also installed in the wrestling room, front lobby and main ramps to the lower level and Blake Arena. Motion sensors were installed in various areas, turning lights off when they are not in use.

The contractor for the project was Collins Electric Company of Chicopee, Mass.

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