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“THE INCENTIVE MADE IT PRETTY LUCRATIVE ECONOMICALLY, AND FROM AN ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVE IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.” — GARTH MCKAY, PRESIDENT, HIGHLAND FOUNDRY

At Highland Foundry’s plant in Surrey, the focus is on high-quality specialty steel castings. Of course, that means a lot of energy.

Most of it goes to the foundry’s heavy equipment, but a Power Smart Alliance vendor helped Highland find major energy savings in an unexpected place: industrial lighting.

With old-style fluorescents and metal halide lighting throughout, there was plenty of opportunity to use new LED technologies to reduce energy consumption and costs.

On top of the monthly bill savings, Power Smart’s upgrade incentives would cover a large portion of the up-front costs.

“With the incentives, we calculated a respectable payback time,” says Garth McKay, Highland Foundry President. “The incentive made it pretty lucrative economically, and from an environmental perspective it was the right thing to do.”

McKay worked directly with the lighting vendor on the upgrade. Given the setting — a dusty, high-temperature environment — the lighting plan called for a few special adjustments, including spotlights in high-bay areas to eliminate shadows.

“They went through the whole plant and recommended which lights to change out, forecasted the actual energy savings, and prepared the proposal to BC Hydro for us,” says McKay.

In the end, the upgrade created projected savings of 561,000 kilowatt-hours per year — enough to power over 50 homes.

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