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WOODBURY — Jim Borofka, owner of the P.M. Bedroom Gallery furniture store in Woodbury, worked with Energy Smart in January to pursue commercial LED lighting rebates through Xcel Energy for a recent lighting upgrade.
Xcel Energy introduced new commercial prescriptive rebates for LED lights last summer, as a way to make it more affordable and cost-effective for its customers to upgrade to efficient lighting.
Borofka had replaced 129 50-watt halogen bulbs in his bedroom-furniture store with 129 15-watt LED bulbs. Since the bulbs were qualified through the federal Energy Star program, he was eligible for Xcel Energy prescriptive LED rebates. Commercial customers have up to 12 months after making a lighting retrofit to submit the rebate application.
Energy Smart sent him Xcel Energy’s lighting retrofit rebate application and explained the rebate process. After finalizing his LED rebate application with the assistance of the Xcel Energy Business Solutions Center, Borofka was notified that he would receive a rebate of nearly $3,200 for installing the lights, on top of an estimated $1,500 in annual energy savings. The project should pay for itself in just over a year.
Borofka says he loves the quality of his new lights and hopes to install LEDs at his other P.M. Bedroom Gallery stores throughout the Twin Cities. “Putting in LEDs was the right thing to do and offer even better quality light than what we had before,” he said.
Have questions about pursuing LED lighting rebates at your business or organizaiton? Contact Energy Smart at (651) 292-4660.
The Center for Energy & Environment, a Minneapolis energy efficiency organization, is now offering no-interest loans to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations across Minnesota looking to make energy improvements.
The funding for this program was made available through federal stimulus funding received by the Minnesota Office of Energy Security.
Loans of up to $25,000 are now available for a variety of energy-saving projects, including lighting retrofits; building energy controls; commissioning or recommissioning; heating, ventilation and air-conditioning improvements, exterior envelope improvements, and energy efficient motors.
The loans can be spread over up to seven years and may include a grant.
Projects must be pre-approved. New construction projects are ineligible.
To get more information, contact Energy Smart at (651) 292-4652 or email@example.com.
On March 21, Twin Cities foodservice and restaurant operators have a unique opportunity to learn about money- and energy-saving opportunities for their facilities.
A free seminar, hosted by Xcel Energy, CenterPoint Energy and the City of Minneapolis, among others, will provide valuable information on strategies for saving energy in the foodservice industry. Featured speaker Richard Young, a senior engineer and renowned foodservice energy efficiency expert with the Food Service Technology Center in San Ramon, Calif., will provide in-depth information on how foodservice operators can slice their energy consumption and bills through best practices and purchasing high-efficiency equipment.
Register for the event and learn more here.
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