Why does Metro Project Manager Josh Lipscomb look so happy in this photo? Because he’s accepting a check for $206,802 from the Energy Trust of Oregon for a lighting upgrade project recently completed at the Oregon Convention Center. The funding from ETO covered about 35 percent of the project costs. Lyn Schmidt, Metro’s account manager at Energy Trust of Oregon’s Existing Buildings program, displays the check with a smile!
The project changed more than 4,000 light fixtures through:
- Replacing 572 light fixtures with energy efficiency LED lighting (from 250 watts each to 14.6 watts each)
- Replacing 382 fluorescent lamp fixtures with efficient, two-lamp T-5 fixtures
- Swapping out 3,169 fluorescent lamps and ballasts in exhibit halls with lamps more efficient and reducing the number of lamps needed to provide the same amount of light
- Replacing 314 light fixtures with efficient dimmable LED lighting in side meeting rooms (from 42 watts each to 14.6 watts each)
In about four years the OCC should see an estimated savings of about 1,400,000 kilowatt-hours per year, or about $90,000 annually in electricity costs. This project supports Metro’s Sustainability Plan goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our facilities by increasing energy efficiency.