Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) on Wednesday presented LifeShare Blood Center with a $20,482.71 check for its recent energy-saving upgrade. LifeShare qualified for the incentive money after completing a lighting retrofit project at its Shreveport Donor Center.
A total of 904 incandescent and fluorescent bulbs – 49 outside and 855 inside – were replaced with light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The anticipated annual electric savings from this project will be approximately 34 kW in demand and 155,000 kWh in energy. For LifeShare Blood Center, this means the project will yield savings of approximately $13,000 a year or about $1,100 a month.
The lighting upgrade is part of LifeShare Blood Center’s effort to better utilize resources and help conserve energy for future generations.
“We’re connecting donors and the lives they impact, more efficiently,” said Jorge Garcia, LifeShares’ Director of Property and Fleet.
SWEPCO’s Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program provides incentives for facilities to reduce peak electric demand and annual energy consumption, resulting in improved building performance and comfort.
“We’re proud to work with LifeShare Blood Center to help the nonprofit save money on its future energy bills,” said SWEPCO Principal Energy Efficiency & Consumer Programs Coordinator Jeff Thigpen. “The money saved will go toward LifeShare’s good work of saving lives across the tri-state area.”
Incentives are available for both existing buildings and new construction projects and are based on the verified electric energy savings. The commercial program offers incentives for fluorescent and LED lighting upgrades; HVAC upgrades; lighting controls; air compressor system upgrades; motor upgrades and more.
SWEPCO also has energy efficiency programs for residential customers. More information for both programs may be found at SWEPCO.com/Save.