More dealers choose LEDs for outdoor lighting

James B. Treece
Automotive News -- March 18, 2013 - 12:01 am ET

The light bulb blinked on in the mind of Mike Lallier, owner of Reed Lallier Chevrolet in Fayetteville, N.C., as a result of serving on his local utility board.

Auto Dealers Choose LED Lot LightingThe board was exploring replacing streetlights with light-emitting diode, or LED, lights. The more he researched LEDs for the board, the better they looked for his dealership, too. Compared with conventional lighting, LEDs would slash energy costs and be almost maintenance free for close to 10 years.

He calculated the more-expensive LEDs at his store would pay for themselves in about six years. Add in that the quality of light from the LEDs "makes our product show better," he says, and "I just felt it was a no-brainer."

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Southfield Businesses Get New Tool to Save Energy and Money

New approach to statewide PACE program is a welcome change that could lead to less red tape and more participation.

Matt Roush of CBS Detroit is reporting that The Southfield City Council has voted to become the first city government to join Lean & Green Michigan. The partnership allows for the adoption of a citywide Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE), which enables property owners to take on voluntary special assessments in order to finance improvements or construction that reduce energy and water use or utilize renewable energy sources such as geothermal, solar, and wind power.

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The True Cost of Deferring Lighting Maintenance

When do you fix a piece of equipment that you own? Being able to justify expenditures for repairs can be very fuzzy whether you are looking at your home or your business. Recently we read an article by Rick Fedrizzi called 'Do The Math' that made me question the wisdom of 'saving now'.

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CGE Improves Lighting for American Concrete Institute

American Concrete Institute Welcomes RAMPKevin Werner and Doug Sordyl of ACI are welcomed to RAMP by Gary Zaplitny of CGE

American Concrete Institute (ACI) engaged Clean Green Energy (CGE) to make recommendations for energy savings at their Farmington Hills, Michigan location.  During the audit process, CGE found that the majority of the facility was fairly efficient but there were opportunities for savings by changing to induction lighting for the exterior light poles and by switching exterior wall packs to new T-5 fixtures.

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DTE and Consumers Drops Rebates for T12 Lamps in 2013

End of the line for T12 LampsUndated 5/30/12

Both utilites now plan on dropping rebates on T12 lamps as of July 31st 2012.

We have been informed that Consumers Energy will not be offering rebates for retrofitting T12 fixtures to T8 lamps and ballasts next year.

The primary reason is T12 lamps are set for final phase out as of July 1st, 2012. The phase out has been ongoing since 2005.

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DTE Launches 2012 Incentive Program

Detroit Edison just released their new rebate application for the 2012 Your Energy Savings incentive program. The program provides rebates to commercial utility customers that complete energy efficiency upgrades this year.

The three year program that launched in 2009 is entering it's last year and this may be the last opportunity for customers to take advantage of the program unless the utility decides to extend it.

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