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Commercial lighting workshop June 28

As part of its Free Information Series designed to help members “save their energy,” La Plata Electric Association will host a commercial lighting workshop, Tuesday, June 28, 9-11 a.m. at First Southwest Bank in Pagosa Springs (249 Navajo Trail Drive).

“Retailers, businesses, electricians, lighting designers and the interested general public are invited to attend this free educational workshop,” said Ray Pierotti, LPEA project specialist. “It is designed to bring people up-to-date on technology and help further an understanding of energy efficient lighting — plus provide an update on the rebates available to commercial operations that ‘change out’ their overhead fluorescents, refrigeration case and street or parking lot lights.”

According to Pierotti, the overhead lighting in most commercial operations is T-12 fluorescents, which, beginning in 2012, will no longer be manufactured, thus requiring a shift to the smaller T-5 and T-8 bulbs. The T-5 and T-8 bulbs operate with electronic ballasts as opposed to a magnetic ballast and are 27 to 35 percent more energy efficient than T-12s. Businesses can receive a rebate of $250 per each kilowatt of lighting load reduced at the facility, up to a $20,000 total.

Additionally, those businesses with refrigerated cases, such as grocery and convenience stores or delis, can receive up to $3,000 in rebates when installing LED case lighting. Those installing LED and induction technology street and parking lot lights are eligible for up to $20,000 in rebates.

“We hope to help those attending better understand the actual cost of lighting in their businesses,” said Pierotti. “Lighting is a tremendous expense, and reducing the amount of electricity consumed by installing energy efficient bulbs is something that will benefit a business’ bottom line for years to come.”

Space is limited, plus refreshments will be served, so those interested in attending are asked to R.S.V.P. to Pierotti, rpierotti@lpea.coop or 382-7770.

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