The LED retrofit project is expected to reduce lighting energy use by more than 50%, while improving light output levels considerably; under 5 year project payback achieved through the use of Revolution Lighting Technologies’ exterior LED solutions.
WASHINGTON D.C. – November 30, 2016 – GB Energie LED, a minority, woman-owned business committed to sourcing sustainable energy solutions, today announced the completion of an exterior LED lighting retrofit project (Phase 1) for Howard University in Washington D.C. The project included the installation of LED lighting solutions throughout the university campus and parking lots to boost lighting levels considerably, increase energy efficiency, decrease maintenance costs, and improve quality of light, achieving a return on investment of less than 5 years.
GB Energie LED’s comprehensive “turnkey” services began with the detailed testing and evaluation of Revolution Lighting’s LED solutions, concluding the energy efficiency of retrofit lighting would increase by over 50%. Additionally, LED lighting would increase light output for enhanced safety throughout the campus for students and faculty, while addressing university sustainability initiatives by lowering the campus carbon footprint. After the initial stages of project development, GB Energie LED worked closely with Howard University, to manage all phases of the LED retrofit program including scope and budget development, final material selection, pursuit of project incentives, bidding and project management.
Lasting three times longer than conventional lighting, the new LED lighting solutions installed throughout Howard University’s campus have a rated lamp life of more than 70,000 hours, combined with Revolution Lighting’s market leading warranty, to provide significant long term maintenance and energy savings.
“LED lighting will allow Howard University to maximize our energy efficiency goals and provide superior light quality for our students and faculty,” said Mr. Eric W. Coard, Assistant Vice President Physical Facilities Management at Howard University. “GB Energie LED acted as an invested partner, providing the extensive time and effort necessary, in particular throughout critical decision making processes, to ensure a successful project. We look forward to continuing our efforts, capitalizing on leading technologies to become a more sustainable and energy-efficient institution.”
“We are proud to work with academic institutions such as Howard University, providing them with leading LED solutions to create a more energy-efficient, safe and productive learning environment for its students and faculty,” said Dr. Gloria B. Herndon, President and CEO of GB Energie LED. “Selection by Howard University demonstrates the confidence in our company’s dedication to delivering quality service at every point in a project for the both primary and higher education.”
Lighting represents upwards of 40% of the $7 billion annual energy and utility expenses for higher education, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report. LED lighting solutions provided by GB Energie LED, including Revolution Lighting’s LED products, offer a critical opportunity for the 4,700 U.S. colleges and universities to save $1.7 billion annually by improving lighting efficiency more than 60%. In addition, LED lighting is 100% recyclable and delivers superior photometrics, that eliminates UV radiation, reduces lamp light depreciation and more accurately replicates natural light than other conventional lighting to positively impact mental well-being, concentration and productivity for students and faculty.