SOURCE: Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions

January 23, 2008 18:35 ET

Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions Helps Reduce Hazardous Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 15.6 Million Pounds in 2007 While Saving California Businesses $2.2 Million in Energy Costs

The Numbers Are in... Tustin, Calif.-Based Lighting and Energy-Efficiency Firm Doubles Energy Reduction From the Previous Year as It Continues to Help Businesses Become 'Greener' While Making the California Environment Safer

TUSTIN, CA--(Marketwire - January 23, 2008) - Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions announced today that it helped California businesses reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) in the air by 15.6 million pounds in 2007 while helping them save $2.2 million in energy costs.

This equates to 13 million kilowatt hours of energy savings.

The company's goal for 2008 is to decrease emissions by 24 million pounds, which translates into savings of $2.8 million for California businesses, according to William Tauber, CEO of Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions.

"Through Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions, we lowered our monthly operating expense for consuming electricity by $3,000, we have 150 fewer tons of CO2 discharged into the atmosphere, we have more light for our team members to do their work, and we received a rebate check of $30,000 back from the utility company," says Joe Wildman, President of California Hardware in Ontario, Calif.

Progressive's list of clients in 2007 includes Hobie Cat, a leading manufacturer of kayaks and sailboats based in Oceanside, Calif. Progressive not only saved Hobie Cat $2,000 per month in energy costs -- nearly $24,000 annually -- but it also helped the company reduce harmful emissions by 100 tons per year. As a result of the reduction, Hobie Cat will receive $9,200 in rebates from its utility company.

"It's a good business decision overall that we did this and a smart thing from a 'green' perspective," says Hobie Cat VP of Operations Hugh Greenwald. "We're a greener company as a result. We want to do as much as we can from a green perspective. And when you consider the cost-savings, it's a no-brainer from a business and environmental perspective."

Since Progressive Lighting & Energy's startup in July 2004, it has reduced energy consumption by more 21 megawatt hours.

"Helping California corporations become greener in their energy usage through lighting efficiency measures equates to removing thousands of homes in California from the electrical grid," Tauber says.

About Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions Inc.

Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions Inc. is California's "green" lighting provider. Its energy-efficient lighting design reduces energy consumption up to 60% by retrofitting existing commercial and industrial lighting. Customers who install dimming devices, occupancy sensors and daylight-harvesting, energy-saving bulbs can reduce energy consumption by an additional 15 to 20%. These businesses also report increased worker productivity and satisfaction from enhanced lighting levels. Founded in 2004, PLE helps customers comply with energy codes, earn valuable rebates from their local electric utility providers and qualify for federal tax deductions. Over the last 2 1/2 years, PLE has helped customers save 22,766,229 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 3.7 megawatts (MW) of demand, thus preventing 27,285,945 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), 364,259 pounds of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and 1,570,869 pounds of nitrogen oxide (NOX) from being emitted into California's ecosystem. Learn more at or by calling 714-542-5490.

Expertise: Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions CEO William C. Tauber is a nationally-recognized expert on energy reduction and solar power. He has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and Orange County Register, as well as several national environmental newsletters.

Contact Information

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    William Tauber
    714-542-5490, ext. 22

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