Shea's Performing Arts Center undertake innovative energy-saving performance with long life light bulbs
Shea's Performing Arts Center took the lead role in an energy efficiency performance by partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Erie County to replace more than 3,000 incandescent light bulbs lighting its Marquees with LED (light-emitting diode) lamps, which will save the cultural landmark more than $20,000 annually.
"Our work with Shea's Performing Arts Center represents another 'win-win' partnership with a New York State business. By taking advantage of incentives offered by NYSERDA, Shea's, with financial assistance from Erie County, was able to replace 3,012 incandescent lights in its Marquees with LED lamps. The savings that Shea's will realize will be significant," said NYSERDA Acting President Peter R Smith.
"The benefit for Shea's in undertaking this project with NYSERDA and Erie County is two-fold. Firstly, we will reduce our overall energy consumption and save more than $20,115 annually. Secondly, because of the long life associated with the LED lamps, we will save man-hours and costs associated with our maintenance personnel having to spend countless hours changing burned out incandescent bulbs," said Shea's President Anthony Conte.
"Erie County was pleased to have helped make this project a reality. It was a relatively small investment to help make one of our county and region's cultural assets more financially competitive and aesthetically pleasing. The new LED lamps will look great," said Erie County Executive Joel Giambra.
The total project cost is $129,516 with NYSERDA providing $90,661 in financial incentives through its New Construction program. Erie County provided $38,855 financial assistance for the portion of the costs normally assigned to the project initiator, in this instance Shea's. NYSERDA's New Construction Program is designed to change the way new construction and renovations are undertaken by providing financial incentives to encourage the most energy-efficient building practices.
Presently, three thousand twelve (3,012) 11-watt incandescent bulbs are operating in both of Shea's Main Street and Pearl Street Marquees. Of these lights, 2,112 (Main Street) operate approximately 7,360 hours per year and the remaining 890 lamps (Pearl Street) operate approximately 1,490 hours per year. It is anticipated that Shea's will save more than 169,440 kilowatt hours and more than 30.12 kilowatts in electrical energy annually, yielding an energy savings of more than $20,115 annually.
The project involved the replacement of the 3,012 11-watt incandescent bulbs with 1-watt LED lamps. The LED is a solid state device with a rated life over 20 years.
All New York Energy $martSM programs are funded by a System Benefits Charge (SBC) paid by electric distribution customers of Central Hudson, Con Edison, NYSEG, Niagara Mohawk, Orange and Rockland, and Rochester Gas and Electric. NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation established by law in 1975, administers SBC funds and programs under an agreement with the Public Service Commission.
New York Energy $martSM programs are designed to lower electricity costs by encouraging energy efficiency as the State's electric utilities move to competition. The programs are available to electric distribution customers (residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial) who pay into the System Benefits Charge (SBC).
Since 1998, NYSERDA has provided more than $26 million to support more than 500 projects in Erie and Niagara Counties. Combined with co-funding from NYSERDA's partners, the value of these projects is more than $65 million. Among some of the other customers NYSERDA is working with in Erie and Niagara Counties, are: State University of New York at Buffalo, Veridian Engineering, Inc., Quebecor, Kreher's Poultry Farm, HSBC Bank USA and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
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