On the hunt for the biggest environmental bang for their buck, last year the Town of Basalt’s Green Team set its sights on an LED streetlight makeover. Within six months, they had the retrofit in the bag and were on the way to saving 61,000 kilowatt hours and more than $7,000 annually. With 50% of the costs covered by rebates from CORE and Holy Cross Energy, the project is estimated to hit payback after a year and a half.
“CORE took us by the hand and showed us how it all worked,” says Boyd Bierbaum, Public Works Director, of the project to replace all 180 of the Town’s metal halide fixtures with “corn cob” LED lamps, so named for their cylindrical shape and kernel-like pattern of lights. The new LEDs use just 14% of the power required by the previous lamps.
“We worked with the Town to provide free technical expertise, offer financial advising and connect them to resources,” says Mona Newtown, Executive Director of CORE. “Partnerships are key to having a big impact — on costs and on carbon.”
One Source Lighting purchased the bulbs and oversaw their installation throughout Basalt, from Old Town to Willits.
Apart from the savings, “the biggest benefit is the standardization of bulbs,” says Bierbaum. “Before we had to carry ten different bulbs [in the trucks]; now it’s just two.” He says this reaps savings on maintenance as well.
The future looks bright for Basalt. CORE also helped the Town identify opportunities for future energy savings, including retrofitting fixtures inside of Town buildings. Stay tuned.
To learn more about CORE’s grants and rebates for businesses, public institutions and nonprofits, and find out how you can benefit from free technical and financial advising on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, contact Grants Manager Marty Treadway at 970.925.9775 ext. 504.