En­ergy ef­fi­ciency earns for­mer GE plant a re­bate

The Welland Tribune - - Local - DAVE JOHN­SON Nathaniel.John­son @ni­a­garadailies.com 905-684-7251 | @DaveJTheTrib

Wel­land’s for­mer GE Bril­liant Fac­tory gen­er­ated a big re­bate through the use of en­ergy-ef­fi­cient light­ing.

Wel­land Hy­dro’s con­ser­va­tion man­ager Sylvia Den­ton, along with pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Wayne Arm­strong and Perry Orosz, di­rec­tor of cus­tomer ser­vice and em­ployee re­la­tions, made a stop at the fac­tory — now called INNIO — to drop off a cheque for $157,205.

“When we found out GE was com­ing to Wel­land we reached out to them dur­ing the plan­ning stages and started them on the high-per­for­mance new con­struc­tion pro­gram through saveONen­ergy,” said Den­ton from in­side the fa­cil­ity.

Glenn Ol­ney, GE con­struc­tion man­ager for the plant, said the two groups worked to­gether on the fa­cil­ity as a whole from a power stand­point.

Den­ton said the ma­jor­ity of the com­pany’s ap­pli­ca­tion to the pro­vin­cial pro­gram, through Wel­land Hy­dro, was for en­ergy ef­fi­cient light­ing.

The 45,000-square-me­tre build­ing was fit­ted with state-of-theart LED light­ing, with con­trols, that cover all ar­eas of the plant. Lo­cated on the west side of High­way 140 be­tween Buch­ner Road and Sil­ver­thorn Street, the com­pany builds re­cip­ro­cat­ing gas en­gines.

Ol­ney said the com­pany bought the most en­ergy-ef­fi­cient lights it could.

“It saves them about 75 per cent of en­ergy as com­pared to the old in­ef­fi­cient lights, about 2.2 mil­lion kilo­watt hours. That’s the equiv­a­lent of 120 homes off of the grid,” said Den­ton.

She said the saveONen­ergy is open to busi­ness and res­i­den­tial cus­tomers in Wel­land and runs un­til 2020.

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