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Three new members joined the GLREA Board of Directors in January: John Freeman, Homeland Solar, Ric Evans, Paradigm Energy Services, and George Stojic, Lansing Board of Water & Light. Officers elected for 2015: President John Sarver, Vice-President Allan O’Shea, Treasurer Mary McGraw, and Secretary Sarah Mullkoff. Board meetings in 2015 will be held the second Wednesday of the month from 4:00-6:00 pm at Michigan Environmental Council, 602 W. Ionia, Lansing. All members are welcome and there is a member comment period at the end of each meeting.
Yes. You read that right. 86%
You’ve already heard, perhaps many times, that changing your conventional lighting (incandescent, fluorescent, halogen etc…) lighting to LED is a guaranteed money saver …but there is more to the story. Did you know that using advanced control systems will leverage those savings even more?
In the last few years LED technology has dramatically improved in cost and efficiency. Measured in lumens watts per, the quantity of LED light output has increased by a factor of 10. As an example, a conventional 60-watt incandescent bulb emits 16 lumens per watt. Off the shelf LED lights often emit 160 lumens or more per watt. Look up at your ceiling, count the lights and do the math.
Case in point: Milosch’s Palace auto dealership in Lake Orion, Michigan.
Milosch’s Palace has been servicing Lake Orion’s automotive needs since 1960. Like any auto dealer …lighting is a critical component in the successful operation of their facility. Indoors for their showroom and service areas and outdoors on the lot. When the maintenance and energy costs for lighting started to jump out of the financial statements, Mark Milosch knew it was time to study the options.
Fortunately, when Mark Milosch surveyed the landscape for lighting experts, he discovered that Southeast Michigan is a global hotbed of LED innovation.
After a diligent search, Mark began discussion with the Electro-Matic team regarding a lighting upgrade for his auto dealership. The discussion centered on replacement of defective and energy ineﬃcient lighting. The primary objective was to create eﬃcient and cost-eﬀective lighting levels throughout the entire facility, without additional cost for poles and infrastructure. To start, the Electro-Matic team created a comprehensive lighting analysis (sometimes called an audit) to map out the placement and kind of lighting and determine the scope of the project.
Lighting Analysis Report
The original lighting included over 121 various types of parking lot pole mounted lighting, wall packs, building ﬂoods, canopy and soﬃt cans. Many of them were energy hungry Metal Halide type lamps. The lighting analysis also revealed a total operating wattage of 97,228w and an annual usage 447,022 of KwH!
As part of the ‘lighting analysis’, Electro-Matic took foot candle readings of the auto dealership’s existing lighting system and performed photometric analysis studies which were reviewed with the client and modiﬁed several times to insure all lighting and ﬁnancial objectives were attained. With strong competition from several other bidders Electro-Matic was awarded the contract based on product, technical solutions and overall recommendations supporting the objectives from the Milosch Palace Chrylser auto dealership.
Advanced Lighting Controls
In addition to the new outdoor LED Lighting plan, Electro-Matic introduced their Wattstopper’s wireless control system to the dealership, which would allow for even more energy reduction as well as improve on the auto dealership’s overall theﬅ protection with strategically located occupancy or ‘motion detector’ sensor devices. These wireless intelligent controls allow for the Auto Dealership to dim their LED Lighting at midnight every night, to 50% lumen output, which equates to saving more energy. Electro-Matic and Wattstopper further enhanced the security solution to Mark Milosch’s concern of theft and safety at the dealership, by installing motion sensors that returned dimmed fixtures to 100% if someone enters the premise. This then alerts Milosch of movement on the lot with direction to check their security cameras and assess the situation.
With the outdoor LED Lighting plan, Electro-Matic was able to redesign and repurpose the Auto Dealership’s existing electrical poles and adapters without any business interruptions. In addition to designing a state of the art lighting and security system, Electro-Matic also played an important role in securing rebates for the project, with up to almost 30% of the project paid for by utility incentives and rebates. Intangible benefits include overall positive feedback from the customers and employees has been exceptional regarding improved near day-light light levels of the LED Lights and improved appearance of the inventory in the lot.
Annual Energy Usage Reduction
Based on actual and projected readings, Electro-Matic’s LED Lighting solution was able to reduce annual lighting energy consumption of Milosch’s Palace by 86%.
Yes. You read that right. 86%.
To learn more about advance lighting and automated control systems attend the 4th Annual Technology Tip-Off at Ford Field on March 11, 2015. Admission is free, however you must register in advance at www.techtipoff.com
For more information about:
Electro-Matic, Inc. http://www.electro-matic.com
National Solar Home Tour will be Saturday, Oct. 4 in a number of Michigan communities including Lansing, Ypsilanti, Chelsea, and Kalamazoo. Meet your neighbors and learn about their solar experiences. Specifics are posted at www.glrea.org. Also Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile will be open on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 10:45 for a tour. The Municipal Building has solar panels, solar water heater, rain gardens, rooftop gardens, and geothermal. RSVP: http://sc.org/MIOaklandSolarTour
Annual GLREA member meeting will be in Chelsea on Saturday, Dec. 6, 12:30 –4:30. Save the date.
Solar Powering Michigan conference, sponsored by MREA, NMC, and GLREA will be held in Traverse City on September 12. Topics covered will include project finance, community solar, commercial successes, state policies, market development and workforce training. Matt Card, VP of Global Sales & Marketing for Suniva will be a keynote speaker. Students can get a discount of $99 (by using “student” as a code) off the regular rate of $149 to get a net admission fee of $50.
National Solar Home Tour will be Saturday, Oct. 4 in a number of Michigan communities including Lansing, Ypsilanti, Chelsea, and Kalamazoo. Meet your neighbors and learn about their solar experiences. Specifics will be posted at www.glrea.org in mid Sept. If you would like your home to be on the tour, contact your local tour coordinator or John Sarver at email@example.com.
1st Annual GLREA Scholarships were awarded to 13 high school seniors at the Michigan Energy Fair on June 28. Ten students received $500 scholarships and three students received $250 scholarships. Scholarship recipients are shown above with keynote speaker Dave Milarch, Co-Founder of the Champion Tree Project.
Greening of the Great Lakes radio show was on hand at the Michigan Energy Fair to interview some of the leaders in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Greening of the Great Lakes airs every Sunday evening at 7:00 on News/Talk 760 WJR. Check out the interviews at:
Solar Powering Michigan conference will be held on September 12 at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. GLREA is assisting the Midwest Renewable Energy Assoc. to plan and publicize the conference. The early bird rate of $99 is good only through August 8th. If you have any interest in solar energy, you will not want to miss this conference!
Michigan Solar Solutions is recognized among North America’s Best Customer Service Leaders within the Residential Construction Industry
GuildQuality’s 2014 Guildmaster Award Honors Michigan Solar Solutions
Commerce, Mi, May 16, 2014 – Michigan Solar Solutions, solar installation contractor in Commerce, MI, has been awarded a 2014 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer service. GuildQuality, an independent customer satisfaction surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award since 2005 to celebrate service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and home services professions.
Michigan Solar Solutions was selected as one of the over 200 North American builders, remodelers, developers, and contractors recognized by GuildQuality for their superior delivery of customer care. More
The mission of the Michigan Public Service Commission is to grow Michigan’s economy and enhance the quality of life of its communities by assuring safe and reliable energy, telecommunications, and transportation services at reasonable rates.
On October 6, 2008, Public Act 295 was signed into law. This Act, known as the Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act, established a Renewable Energy Standard for the State of Michigan. The Renewable Energy Standard requires Michigan electric providers to achieve a retail supply portfolio that includes at least ten percent renewable energy by 2015.