Americold Completes LED Lighting Retrofits In Two Cold Storage Facilities

Project with SmartWatt Energy produces higher quality light and dramatically reduces overall energy consumption.

Ballston Lake, NY: SmartWatt Energy Inc. recently completed LED lighting retrofits at Americold’s cold storage facilities in Rochelle, IL and Victorville, CA. The Rochelle project produced higher quality light and reduced overall energy consumption by 78 percent, whereas the Victorville project reduced overall energy consumption by 88 percent.

Given SmartWatt Energy’s emphasis on preservation of the environment, Americold, Atlanta, selected SmartWatt Energy as a partner in reducing energy consumption. After performing comprehensive, value-engineered energy audits at eight Americold facilities, SmartWatt Energy will drastically reduce Americold’s energy usage through LED lighting retrofits, which in turn yield significant cost savings for the company.

“We are very happy with the quality and speed of the SmartWatt Energy team,” says Fred Walker, Americold’s vice president of engineering. “This is another example of how Americold’s sustainability program is having a positive impact on the environment.”

“From our inception, SmartWatt Energy’s goal has been to design energy-efficiency solutions that meet our customer’s needs. We’re not content to propose projects that simply save energy—we work to save energy, money and the environment,” says Chris Covell, president of SmartWatt Energy. “Partnering with Americold on this national accounts project has been a great opportunity, and we look forward to becoming their long-term energy-efficiency partner.”

The Rochelle and Victorville energy savings projects have reduced greenhouse emissions and will have the same effect on the environment as planting 258 acres of trees, making these projects both financially smart and green.

Americold partnered with SmartWatt Energy’s Chicago office for the Rochelle project and SmartWatt Energy’s Sacramento office for the Victorville project. SmartWatt Energy teams will be upgrading six more Americold facilities, all slated for completion by June 2011.