Lighting Assessment Yields Potential Savings of $33,000 for Mifflin County Nonprofit

The Need

Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the growth of employment and income in Mifflin County. Their facility consists of multiple buildings leased by various businesses. MCIDC expressed interest in energy initiatives to improve efficiency in the facility.

The PennTAP Connection

Two PennTAP technical advisors and a team of Penn State Energy Engineering students visited the facility to observe operations and collect data for analysis.

The Project

This project was supported and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. PennTAP performed an energy assessment on five companies, each with different operations. The assessment focused on lighting systems and compressed air leaks. The sites were lit by a combination of T8 and T5 fluorescents, and metal halides, all less efficient than LEDs. PennTAP also located the air leaks within each operation.

The Outcome

PennTAP recommended upgrading the lighting system in the five buildings to LEDs, which could save 164 tons of greenhouse emissions (or approximately 387,000 kWh of electricity) annually, equaling a savings of $33,000 per year. The assessment also found that with available Act 129 rebate incentives, MCIDC’s lighting upgrade project has a payback of 1.6 years.
In addition, PennTAP offered to assist with the application for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, which can pay for up to 25% of the costs associated with this project.

About the Company

6395 SR 103N
Lewistown PA 17044
County: Mifflin