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LED upgrade to save up to 45 per cent consumption

More than 33,000 LED lights from Philips Lighting have replaced traditional fluorescent lighting in the James Forrestal Building

More than 33,000 LED lights have been installed in the James Forrestal Building
More than 33,000 LED lights have been installed in the James Forrestal Building

The DOE's lighting upgrade will pay for itself in 13 years under the energy savings performance contract

The DOE ENABLE programme allows federal facilities to capitalise on savings earlier that a traditional ESPC

ADI Energy has completed construction of a massive LED lighting infrastructure upgrade at the US Department of Energy’s Washington DC headquarters where the energy savings will pay for the project in 13 years under an energy savings performance contract.


The multi-million dollar energy savings performance contract (ESPC) was contracted through the streamlined DOE ENABLE programme, designed and built in six months.


It is claimed the upgrade from traditional fluorescent lighting to Philips InstantFit LED Lamps from Philips Lighting cuts energy consumption by up to 45 per cent of the affected lighting systems and improves the life span and uniformity of the equipment which reduces maintenance costs.


"It was a true collaborative effort with the site staff, Philips Lighting and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories to thoroughly analyse the technical solutions that will provide real and rapid savings for many years to come,” said John Rizzo PE, CEO of ADI Energy.


The DOE ENABLE programme allows federal facilities to capitalise on energy and water savings earlier than a traditional ESPC, by enabling contract award and construction to begin in approximately six months or less.


After selection, ADI Energy completed an in-depth energy study of the 1.8 million square foot James Forrestal Building to identify the detailed scope of work. Equipment samples from Philips Lighting that met the critical procurement and country of origin requirements of federal customers were installed for both the site staff and the General Services Administration to observe and approve the equipment selection.


Construction and successful installation of 33,000 plus LED lights was completed during off-hours and in close coordination with site staff and security to minimise impact to the site’s 3,000 employees. ADI Energy will guarantee the energy savings over the 13-year term.


"The Forrestal Building’s transition to LED lighting demonstrates the leadership vision within the Department of Energy, particularly at a time when the Federal Government seeks to improve energy efficiency and resiliency across its office buildings and facilities," said Vince Ridgell, head of federal systems and services at Philips Lighting.


An ESPC is a unique contracting vehicle that allows the government to use the value of the energy and operational savings at a facility to finance infrastructure improvements at that facility without incurring upfront capital costs.


The Energy Services Company provides the capital and expertise to make comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements at facilities or implement new renewable energy capabilities, and maintains them throughout their performance term, in exchange for a portion of the generated savings. Actual energy and operational cost savings pay for the ESPC efforts on a yearly basis.


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