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Bill Foth of Alternative Lighting Solutions recently presented an environmental stewardship award to several Phys Planters. From left: Bill Foth, Josh Hamilton, Michelle Babcock, John Nurenberg and Lynda Boomer.

Bill Foth of Alternative Lighting Solutions recently presented an environmental stewardship award to several Phys Planters. From left: Bill Foth, Josh Hamilton, Michelle Babcock, John Nurenberg and Lynda Boomer.

New lights improve energy efficiency

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April 30, 2010

The new light fixtures at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education are both energy-efficient and cost-effective.

The MSU Physical Plant* recently received a check from Consumers Energy in the amount of $15,874.25 as incentive payment for the livestock pavilion lighting retrofit project. Consumers Energy is promoting green energy by providing a rebate when energy-efficient equipment is used to replace older equipment.

Van Frazee, engineer IV, and John Nurenberg, electrical skilled trades supervisor, were instrumental in making this project happen. Electrician II Michelle Babcock, Electrician I Josh Hamilton and Crafts Worker III Joe Fischer measured a 46-percent reduction in lighting energy once the fixtures were replaced.

"Energy and Environmental Engineer Lynda Boomer was looking at areas where we can save money and energy on electrical costs and found that by replacing the 400-watt light fixtures with high-performance T8 fluorescent lights, we could do just that," said Nurenberg.

Scott Rancour, the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education manager, was delighted with the results as well.

"There is a better light output, and no delay with lights coming on," said Rancour. "This will allow us to turn off lights more frequently as there is no 'warm up' time."

After the installation, Bill Foth of Alternative Lighting Solutions presented the Phys Planters involved in the retrofit with an environmental stewardship award from the fixture manufacturer, Orion Energy Systems Inc.

With the rebate check in hand and the energy savings to be realized in the future, the energy payback will be seen in less than two years. The Physical Plant is examining the possibility of retrofitting the main arena at the MSU livestock pavilion to reap further energy savings.

Green Issue 2010

*Prior to the creation of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities in January 2013, several IPF departments were a part of the now-dissolved MSU Physical Plant. Some historical articles on this website reference that former unit.