Logistics and warehousing service company Kenco has installed Orion Energy Systems high-intensity fluorescent (HIF) technology at two of its Chattanooga, TN, logistics facilities – a move expected to cut light-related electricity consumption by 70 percent, the company said.
The company calculates that its greenhouse gas emission reductions over the fixtures' 20-year lifecycle will be about 14,000 tons.
Kenco's leader of sustainability Deni Albrecht said that the cost savings, when passed on to customers, will give the company a competitive business edge for several years.
The new lighting uses Orion's Compact Modular lights to replace 537 high-intensity discharge (HID) fixtures in the two facilities. The HIF fixtures are lightweight and easy to install, with an estimated 50 percent reduction in energy consumption while producing about 50 percent more light than traditional HID lights, Kenco said.
The new lights are paired with sensors that automatically dim lighting in response to increases in sunlight, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
The installation cost about $285,000, and taking into account government incentives and rebates, Kenco expects an ROI in 18 months. It projects about 670,000 kWh a year in energy reductions, saving the company $62,000.