SWEPCO recently presented Texarkana Aluminum with a $94,987.74 incentive check for an energy efficient lighting project at its aluminum mill in Texarkana, Texas.
The mill now boasts more LEDs (light-emitting diodes) with the goal eventually to have all LED lighting. LEDs have longer lifespans and lower maintenance costs compared to the mill’s previous and existing metal halide and T5 fluorescent lighting.
The mill installed more than 200 LED fixtures, which involved more planning and work than simply replacing bulbs. The project team concentrated on areas of the mill that were dark at the floor level with high bay lighting. LEDs are much brighter than metal halides and fluorescents since they have a higher lumen/watt score. Upgrading the lighting in the darker areas enhanced visibility.
“We’re always looking for ways to improve upon how we operate, even down to the light bulb,” says Texarkana Aluminum’s COO, Calum Donnachie. “This is just one example that will not only positively impact our bottom line but also positively impact our work environment.”
The SWEPCO incentive will help cover some of the upfront costs of this project, which has an expected payback period of less than two years. Moving forward, the use of LED lights when compared to the use of older, inefficient lights will yield savings of approximately $82,000 a year or about $6,900 a month on Texarkana Aluminum’s SWEPCO bill.
“SWEPCO is proud to help Texarkana Aluminum make this investment to save both energy and resources,” said SWEPCO Energy Efficiency & Consumer Program Coordinator Mike Nix. “We hope Texarkana Aluminum will be able to reinvest the money saved from this project into other areas of its business for continued success.”
This project is part of SWEPCO’s Commercial Standard Offer Program, which was developed under the guidance of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, to pay monetary incentives to commercial customers for new construction and retrofit installation of a wide range of measures that reduce demand and save energy. Incentives are based on deemed savings, or the verified demand and energy savings that occur at the customer’s site.