Co-op Rebates Help New Store Light Up with LEDs

LPEA project specialist Ray Pierotti reviews Farmers Fresh lighting with general manager Amos Lee.

Farmers Fresh, a new store in Ignacio, recently opened to the public with energy efficiency in mind. La Plata Electric Association project specialist Ray Pierotti was there through the construction to ensure the lighting for the new facility met the owners’ needs and was energy efficient.

“I’m expecting a 30 percent reduction over the electricity usage of the previous store just from the lighting,” says Pierotti, who began monitoring usage to give Farmers Fresh confidence that opting for LED lighting was worth the investment.

Installing the new LED lighting, plus nine efficient solar tubes, was no small commitment for Farmers Fresh as the cost of materials alone was nearly $100,000. The company did, however, receive a rebate for more than $12,000 from its local electric co-op, LPEA. Pierotti estimates a rapid return on investment, followed by on-going energy savings for years to come.

“This was the largest LED new construction rebate I’ve seen,“ Pierotti says. “LPEA is happy to play a role in bringing a grocery store with energy efficient lighting back to Ignacio.”

Turns out, the business is using less electricity. Based on the lighting installed, Farmers Fresh realized a 16 kilowatt reduction. The estimates don’t take into consideration the new refrigeration and upgraded equipment throughout the store, so energy savings will likely be even greater.